Do you turn off your computer in a storm?

Australia
November 29, 2009 5:03am CST
Here in Queensland, we are having a spring heatwave just before summer hits or so the weather bureau says - I have only ever said as long as I can remember that we only get winter & summer, no inbetween stuff... Anyway, we had another summer storm this afternoon...it was enough to make me turn off my computer as it's not plugged in to a surge protector & I didn't want to risk frying my computer during the storm. 3 hours later, the storm is still hanging around - it's either the same storm that has turned around or a different one. Do you turn off your computer during a storm? Why or why not?
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• United States
29 Nov 09
I always turn my computer off during a storm. I also unplug it and I also make sure that my phone line is disconnected. Even though many people shut it off, or even have a surge protector they always forget that phone line. Phone lines can carry electric to and can also blow your computer if its hooked. I have lost 4 phones over the past 5 years due to forgetting to disconnect them during a storm.
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• Australia
29 Nov 09
Yeah, I unplug mine from the wall too...You know, I have on just about every occasion forgotten to unplug my phone from the wall - it's a cordless but the base still needs to be plugged to the wall...thanks for reminding me that i should do that next time I know I don't have to worry about other cords to my computer as I run a wireless internet connection
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• United States
1 Dec 09
Yes, its always wise to disconnect your phone line when its storming, we didn't used to, but the last bad storm we had, we turned everything else off but the phone and I guess the lightening went through that and hit our satellite box so we ended having to get a new box and had to re-do some of the phone wiring. Its also wise to unplug your computer, we have ours on a surge protector but it still got hit and we ended up buying a new power cord for it, it can get expensive if your not careful about these things.
@laydee (12820)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Wow, this is the first time I heard about phones being disconnected during a storm. How bad should the storm be before deciding to turn it off? I have always heard of turning the computer off during a bad storm but never the phonelines. I think it's a good idea to turn off our phone during storms because we are using PABX and I think the electronics on that stuff would be destroyed should electric currents truly run through phonelines.
@bigbaps (118)
30 Nov 09
nah I never turn my pc or any electrical devices off during a lightning storm the reason being is all my electrics have surge protectors so that will drop out before it fries my pc.
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• Australia
30 Nov 09
i would do the same but I need to find a really good surge protector first.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Yes, I turn my computer off during a storm. I do have a surge protector but if the electicity goes out I can not use the computer so I might just as well shut if off until the storm have pass by. I also shut my computer down when I am not on it or am not at home because never know when we could get a storm.
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• Australia
30 Nov 09
This is true, you can't use a computer without power unless it's a laptop
@RawBill1 (8543)
• Gold Coast, Australia
29 Nov 09
I agree, we do have really only 2 seasons here. The short winter which is generally pretty dry and the long summer which is the wet season. Spring and autumn are just short transitions to these extremes. The summer always comes around pretty quickly here! Storms are a problem for us as my wife and I work on our computers every day. We usually try to hang on for as long as possible and see how bad the storm will be before we turn off. We have had the power cut out while being online before and have had no problems. We have a safety switch on our power box in our home as most houses do these days, but we also have a large surge protector with battery back up. This is one heavy unit as it takes special batteries. We do not have it connected currently as the batteries are flat, but it is perfect for protecting computers and still keeping them running through a blackout!
• Australia
29 Nov 09
I try to hang on for as long as I can too but last night, the storm was too close for my liking...did you get it bad down there? I know the Gold Coast gets the storms bad there - I was caught in many of them on the bus on the way home lol... Where did you get your surge protector from? I haven't found a good one yet but yours sounds good & seeing as we're in the same state, I should have the same shop here on the Sunshine Coast to get one.
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@RawBill1 (8543)
• Gold Coast, Australia
1 Dec 09
I was away for the weekend in Nanango, which is an hour inland from the Sunshine Coast. It did not rain out there and it looked as though it has not for a long time! It was really dry! The surge protector we inherited with our business so I am not sure where it came from. The sticker on it says Upsonic Power 1800 634 307.
@ceres31 (141)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
when it comes to storm, it made me want to hide and want to hear nothing. Im really afraid of thunder and lightning. I turn my pc off. As my grandma says, storm will hit the house and might destroy something. We once experienced it, we were watching tv while there is a storm and the lightning suddenly hit the antenna of our tv, and poof! cant turn on the tv anymore. we tried consulting repairman, but repairing it is expensive. we'd rather buy a new one with the same cost. storm is really scary o.o
@alottodo (3063)
• Australia
1 Dec 09
Hi moonchild here in NSW we are having quite a few thunder storms lately I always turn off and unplug my computer but I never unplug my phone! I did not know it can damage the phone? well from now on I will do that too! just lets hope summer is not going to be so bad
• Australia
17 Dec 09
I hope it's not going to be too bad either - our 7 day forcast that I saw last night on channel 7 was storms & showers right up till christmas but so fas, we haven't seen much on the sunshine coast & we need rain bad...my elderly neighbour over the back of me reckons we won't get anything bad or significant till January. My uncle is in Campbelltown & lives alone (he's in his 60's) so I worry about him when I hear about the bad storms doiwn there.
@alottodo (3063)
• Australia
18 Dec 09
Hi there, how are you? well yesterday we had an awful hot day here but today is raining and is cool thanks Goodnees for that! by the way I live in Campbellton too so if you ever come around let me know, have a lovely Christmas.
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
1 Dec 09
No, I went and bought me a expensive surge protector just for these mishaps. That way I can work even in bad weather. If the electric flickers on and off multiple times I do turn off my computer then.
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
That's what i need to buy myself - good surge protectors
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
18 Dec 09
They are not as much as you think they are.... I was surprised when I went to buy mine how cheap they were..... It is worth the investment.... I even have my TV and VCR and DVD hooked to a surge protector also.....Storms can be very nasty to anything electric during a storm
@jdyrj777 (6563)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I have heard stories of melted down tv sets. Its best to turn everything off and unplug it.
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
I completely agree with you
@jdyrj777 (6563)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I think its very important during a storm the produces lightening.
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
Yup, i do turn off all my appliances like computer and television as i do not like them to intercept the loud thunder and lightning as it may result to short circuit or damage my appliances . For protection it better to turn it off so that the appliances may not becomes damage and it would last for a longer time.
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• Australia
15 Dec 09
me too although in this hot weather, i tend to leave the fridge & freezer on in fear of having my food spoil.
• Philippines
19 Dec 09
well, only appliances like TV and computer is the one which I always stop using when their is bad weather to avoid damaging their system and in term of refrigerator I also do the same thing with your..
@aerous (13482)
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
Here in our country storm is not really affect the continuity of internet connection. Therefore, even there is storm I always turn on my computer to do something on the net...
• Australia
1 Dec 09
You are lucky, we can get very violent ones here in Australia
@aerous (13482)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
Oh, I see. Perhaps, that is due to your climate situation there?
@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
30 Nov 09
Hi moonchild1au, During a storm I would turn off everything and unplug it. I remember when I was a kid we had a bad storm here and it blew our television. The television was was unplugged from the power but the lightning hit the TV cable which was still plugged in. So know I unplug everything even the cable for the cable TV. I must invest in a surge protector at some stage but I have been putting it off as we don't get many storms here.
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@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
30 Nov 09
Definitely, a surge protector protector would be a lot cheaper than having to replace a TV set.
@free_man (7339)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Hello Moon I never turn off my computers. I have them both plugged into a serge protector. I have been through many storms with my computers on it only affected one when I didn't have it plugged into a serge protector, it took out the modem once.
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• Australia
29 Nov 09
I have never found a good surge protector - that's why I turn off my computer duing a storm.
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@free_man (7339)
• United States
29 Nov 09
I brought my serge protector at wal mart when I brought my second computer I paid I think 35 dollars for it. I never turn off my computers they run constantly. Never had a problem with either of them.
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@alex2hl (67)
• United States
29 Nov 09
moonchild, i dont often turn my computer off. I dont feel it is necessary unless constant lightning is happening close to your house. Now that I read some of these stories I feel I should turn my computer off in a bad storm. The worst thats ever happen to me during a storm on a computer was that it just restarted because the power went out for a second.
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• Australia
29 Nov 09
There was lots of lightning last night & because the thunder was happening almost at the same time, I turned off my computer coz the storm was overhead - I just didn't want to rick having my computer blow up.
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• United States
1 Dec 09
I am like you alex2hl! I have RARELY turned off my computer. I am always working on something, and the lightening looks like it is in the distance. I have had it restart too,lightening isn't so bad here like it was on the NE Colo plains.Mostly thunder and rain here. Oh,Yeah,and TORNADOS!!! One night this summer we had a bad storm, the sky looked green and dark,I did turn it off then ..and as it happened a tornado hit 6 blocks away!! IN NE Colo where I lived before ; we would go to the door to watch "God's fireworks" I would tell the children.We would look out the glass doors at the dry lightening and lightening shows that happened many times each summer.Very beautiful(unless you were hit)! I DID turn the computers off when we lived there and lightening started.
@milkcow (99)
• China
1 Dec 09
I use a notebook, so I pull out the power, if the storm lasts long then obviously it doesn't help. Pull out the modem as well and switch to WiFi when it's possible, otherwise just leave it off.
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
I do that with my laptop too but that has a virus in it at the moment so I'm using a pc & pull the plug.
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
yup its normal for me to turn it off theres a big chance of power failures i cant make that risk since i have lots of stuff stored on my single core pc..
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
me too plus it's expensive to replace computers - especially if you don't have the spare cash.
• India
1 Dec 09
Yes,Always i unplug it .
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
me too
• China
1 Dec 09
maybe i didnt turn off the computer last time, but the tv. because i think it's safe in the tall building. but if in the countryside, i think i'll turn it off, even turn off the electricity. but maybe from next time, when great storm, i'll turn off all the electrical equipment.
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
Personally, I don't think it's safe anywhere unless you have good surge protectors, etc.
• United States
1 Dec 09
Normally I don't shut off my computer during storms since they are on surge protectors and I trust they will be fine. If I'm downstairs or near the computer I'll go ahead and shut it down so I don't lose any of my work but I don't stress about it too much since it's on the surge protector. My laptop I watch though as it could be very dangerous if it is plugged in during a storm and not on a protector so I def. make sure it's off of it. But for the most part it's better to be safe than sorry and just make sure it's off. I usually don't really care all too much because I at least have some protection if it works right which it has for a very long time.
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• Australia
17 Dec 09
I'm yet to buy good surge protectors - mine is on one but I'm not sute how good it is.
• United States
30 Nov 09
No I don't turn my computer off when there is a storm. I am kind of concerned about living the power cord plugged in though. I guess It never phased me that anything would happen. My son always get nervous when a storm comes. He turns off every electronic thing in his room. That's the life of an 8 year old.
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• Australia
15 Dec 09
Your son definitely is in the good habit early so nothing of his is destroyed by a power surge!
• United Kingdom
30 Nov 09
I that this is one of the goldern rules in relation to pcs! I think that it's important to always turn your pc off during a storm unless you have one of these UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) devices attached to your system. If you have one of these and you get a power cut then your UPS will rely on backup battery power and this will provide you with enough standby power to shut down your pc properly and then you can wait for the storm to blow over. Another good thing to use is a surge protector! You attach all you computer plugs to this and then if there is a power surge your pc will be protected and the surge protector will absorb the excess rise in electricity. I think that it's better to be safe than sorry as I definitely wouldn't want to be paying out for a brand new computer. Andrew
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• Australia
15 Dec 09
I totally agree with you on that one Andrew!!
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
30 Nov 09
I will turn it off my television, and the my wired PC. Usually when the storms are pretty bad, the service will be lost anyways so its no use anyways. If it is a bad one with lots of lightening and thunder. I would not want to fry my computer either as I have heard if it happening before to some friends of mine.
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• Australia
15 Dec 09
me too...I'd rather not have to spend money on another computer!