Do you turn everything off during thunderstorms?

@disvachic (10120)
United States
November 2, 2006 9:57am CST
I was raised by my granma and we had to turn tv's, radios,lights everything off. Im very old fashion so yea i turn everything off.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
31 Dec 06
We turn off and unplug the computers. I should unplug the tv, we had one get fried when the house was hit by lightning. I do try to stay off the phone and stay out of the shower too. Lightning can be deadly.
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
31 Dec 06
yea you are right!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
2 Nov 06
Yes, I turn everything off during a thunderstorm. If not, a power surge can ruin electronic items. Also, it is unsafe to talk on a telephone, especially a cell phone during a thunderstorm. Lightening may hit phone lines and electrocute you! So, your granma isn't really old fashioned, she is wise!
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
2 Nov 06
YES THATS TRUE!! THANX 4 UR RESPONSE
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I do turn off the computer and I stay off of cordless phones. I am usually watching the weather on tv if it is severe.
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Jan 07
yea me to
• Ireland
31 Dec 06
I have a question? We don't get thunderstorms very often here and there was one earlier today - I was standing at the window watching it, with my baby, when suddenly I wondered if lightly can come through the window?! Does anyone know? And is it really true that it's dangerous to shower etc. during a thunder storm?
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• Ireland
31 Dec 06
sorry I meant 'ligtning' not 'lightly'!
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
31 Dec 06
My grandmother says it comes through the window.I NEVER sit by the window in a storm
• Ireland
31 Dec 06
Thanks Disvachic! I'll DEFINATELY not stand there with my baby in future....!
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I know that it is safer to unplug your electronics during a thunderstorm, but my family doesn't often do it. Thankfully, we haven't had anything majorly bad happen so far. And there have been times, especially in really bad storms, where we have taken the safe route and unplugged everything in the house that was important. I would hate to lose our computers, especially.. I don't know what I'd do without the internet! *laugh* ^_^
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Jan 07
lol!! i feel ya on that one.I love my internet!!!
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I was always told to turn things off when there was a thunderstorm but now I do not do that when I am at home. I do not have a landline phone so no need to worry there and plus actually I have been told as long as my computer is on a battery backup/surge protector it is okay to have the computer on.
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Jan 07
anything battery operated is okay i think anyway.usually we donot have anything on,just respecting the Lord's work
@dravid (1049)
• India
31 Dec 06
i too had such xperiance with earth quake
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
31 Dec 06
sorry to hear that
@divir_vij (1591)
• India
3 Nov 06
Lightening Strike - Tree
Yes i do because i dont want my house to look like this.
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
31 Dec 06
oh gosh, i know that is right!
@tvnaresh (1583)
• India
3 Nov 06
Not generally...if its really heavy...then power will go in india...so no worry about that...LOL
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thnx 4 ur response
• United States
3 Nov 06
Yes and your grandmother was right.
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Nov 06
thnx 4 ur respnse
• United States
3 Nov 06
Due to the years I spent with my grandmother, I never run water during an electrical storm, but I don't shut off everything in the house. I rely on my tv during storms, as I'm a weather channel junkie. I do however shut off my computer because the wiring in my house sucks and I've already lost one computer due to a lightning bolt.
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Nov 06
THANX 4 RESPONSE
@soumik (41)
• India
3 Nov 06
yes I do
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
3 Nov 06
THANX 4 UR RESPONSE
• United States
2 Nov 06
I dont turn anything off during thunderstorms. I figure if the storm wants my lights and tv out, it will strike a powerline LOL. I always looked at it as sort of an "old wives tale" My grandparents, and parents always ran around the house unplugging things during storms, I never do, and I've never had any problems. (yet to be electricuted anyway haha)
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
2 Nov 06
lol thanx 4 ur response
@nontoxic (1065)
• United States
2 Nov 06
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I turn off computer and unplug. I uplug the telephone lines. I should turn the tv off but I usually watch it. We have had a couple of answering machines get blown up during a storm. My mom has had a tv get fried during a storm. We live about a mile apart. There are numereous trees around us that have gotten struck.
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanx 4 ur respnse
@Thewishlady (1046)
• Netherlands
2 Nov 06
I like thunderstorm.. I do not turn everything of but my boyfriend always does so... Hes afraid that thunder will strike at our house and well get fire... So I am not surprised you do and dont think its weird :)
@disvachic (10120)
• United States
6 Nov 06
thnx 4 responding
@anca_e (964)
• Romania
2 Nov 06
Not really. If is a very bad storm I do but if it isn't too bad I leave everything on. And even if it is pretty bad I still have something on to keep me company, like radio, tv, computer. I know is not wise but what can I do? This is me.... I hate silence. And only the thunders are not enough to cover the silence...
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanx 4 ur response
@RAMPersona (2036)
• Philippines
2 Nov 06
me also except the main switch/circuit breaker
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@disvachic (10120)
• United States
2 Nov 06
thanx 4 ur response
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
31 Dec 06
No, maybe I should but i think it's not much of a danger and we don't get thunderstorms too often anyway.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
8 Nov 06
It depends on how close it is.
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@Cortney (3982)
• United States
6 Nov 06
i unplug everything during a thunderstorm. I have had things get zapped. I have good surge protectors, but don't want to take the chance.
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