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Take Precautions Against Summer Storms | SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Marietta West is on the line, ready to make things right.

It’s summer in Marietta, and that means lots of activities are planned. The long, warm days call for plenty of fun in the sun—maybe you’re heading to The Battery to root for the bravos, or headed for a hike up to the Kennesaw Mountain overlook. But whatever you’ve got planned, it would be a good idea to pack an umbrella.

In spite of the sunnier weather (or more truly, because of it), Marietta summers are actually more likely to host thunderstorms than other periods. Our average number of rainfall days peaks in summer, as the sticky Georgia moisture combines with warmer air to produce these summer storms.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms can pop up in a moment during the summer. If an alert is issued for a potentially troublesome storm, pay careful attention. An NOAA Weather radio can be very helpful as well, because it’s weather-focused, always updating and it can stay on if you lose power.

If flooding is possible, you may need to reschedule your day’s plans or be ready to cancel any outdoor activities out of caution. And scan the area around your house, because you may need to tie down or move some things that could get carried off or blown over.

Preparing for a storm obviously isn’t as fun as watching Ronald Acuña whack baseballs, but it can be the difference in a ruined day and a devastating accident. Storms are the root of a number of fatalities every year, and a little extra preparation or care could prevent the vast majority of them.

Be Storm-Safe

Play it safe and stay indoors during a storm. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a storm, so hunker down until there have been no claps of thunder for at least 30 minutes. Then you’ll know the storm has moved safely on and you can go back outside.

Lightning can cause problems indoors too—don’t shower or bathe during a storm, and avoid standing or sitting by windows in case of a lightning strike at home.

Hopefully, you already have an emergency kit stocked at home, but make sure it’s updated, and you might want to prepare a mobile kit to keep in the car as well, just in case you have to evacuate quickly.

If flooding does occur, stay on high ground and keep away from the waters at all costs. Floodwater presents a plethora of dangers, from the physical (carrying off cars and washing away roads) to the electrical (carrying currents from downed power lines) and even to chemical dangers.

*There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Marietta West, we’re ready to make things right again.

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