Thunder and Lightning

@weevee18 (1845)
Philippines
May 21, 2019 6:55am CST
When it’s pouring and there are a lot of thunders and lightnings, my mother would unplug almost everything at home including the wifi. Says it’s better or it could be dangerous. Does this happen on your home too? Image from: clubofmozambique.com
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@PainsOnSlate (21933)
• Canada
21 May
I'm not sure what living in the Philippines is like. In Canada we don't need to unplug everything because our electrical is safe. I'm guessing your mother has had or saw something during her life that was scary with electrical. It's her home and if lightning can cause problems she is making you safe.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
Yes that’s what i think too. I heard that our TV back when I was really young was broken because of thunder and lightning.
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• Canada
21 May
@weevee18 I was thinking something was hurt in the past so I think unplugging is ok for your mom. I would go crazy if my computer or my TV is ruined because of electricity.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
23 May
@PainsOnSlate yes something happened in the past. It’s fortunate that no one was hurt just the tv but still a little traumatizing.
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@Mavic123456 (19364)
• Thailand
21 May
agree with your tips. also they say it is a no no to use a computer while there are thunder and lightning.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
Yes that too, if we have a computer here then most likely my mother would also unplug that.
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@Mavic123456 (19364)
• Thailand
22 May
@weevee18 you don't get crazy when there is thunder, do you? Some are, me.... a bit.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
23 May
@Mavic123456 I do actually. You will see the light first right? And then the loud sound will follow. When I see the light, I cover my ears right away so that when the sound comes, it would not be too much for me. I get nervous. What about you?
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@LadyDuck (223174)
• Switzerland
21 May
I do not unplug, we have surge protectors, I close the windows.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
I’m not familiar with a surge protector, maybe I’d search later to know more.
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@LadyDuck (223174)
• Switzerland
21 May
@weevee18 Those are appliances designed to protect against power surge.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
@LadyDuck oh now I know. I hope we have that here too.
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@snowy22315 (68437)
• United States
21 May
I don't, but I probably should.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
Maybe this is just more common here in the Philippines.
@Nakitakona (4208)
21 May
To be safe and not to regret later, yes, we unplug everything.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
Glad to know there are homes who do the same It’s a preventive measure according to my mother
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21 May
@weevee18 it's better to have an ounve of prevention that a pound of cure.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
@Nakitakona definitely! You will thank yourself because you made the right choice.
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@Corbin5 (145044)
• United States
21 May
No, we do not unplug everything when there is thunder and lightning although we should to be safe and to ensure appliances are not damaged.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
23 May
I guess my mother can’t forget what happened to our old television. Yes it is a preventive measure.
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@Corbin5 (145044)
• United States
23 May
@weevee18 My great-grandparents were killed by lightning. Even though a storm cellar was built by my great-grandfather, the lightning came down the chimney and killed both parents but not their two daughters.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
26 May
@Corbin5 oh dear this is so sad
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@Sojourn (5202)
• India
21 May
I unplug too though we have MCB(miniature circuit breaker) in our house.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
23 May
Is that circuit breaker for the whole house? What does it actually do?
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@Sojourn (5202)
• India
23 May
@weevee18 During a high voltage spike, it trips like a fuse and disconnects the house from the power lines.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
23 May
@Sojourn that is so cool. I’ll research about it and tell my father or brother. Thanks for the information.
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@XEGRAND (945)
• India
21 May
Yes I unplug ever in the house when there is thunder or rain.Otherwise there is a chance that our electrical appliances could get damaged.
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
I believe that’s also the reason my mother’s doing it. Safety first.
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@XEGRAND (945)
• India
21 May
@weevee18 Yes that is right.
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@Janet357 (16306)
21 May
no we dont do that. at least in our house
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
That’s good because your house electric wires are proven safe. I think that here most of the people that would do the unplugging are the same age with my mother.
@Aansh13 (3552)
• India
21 May
Yes, it is like a precaution... Though I always forget to do this...
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
It is a precaution right? My mother will not let us forget, I’m telling you.
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@Mulidi (1652)
• Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
21 May
Even my mother do so and she don't want to use phone when it's lightening and thunder
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@weevee18 (1845)
• Philippines
21 May
Oh I remember she also mentioned not to use my phone specially when I’m near the window.