Why you should ALWAYS unplug your computer during a thunderstorm…and five other things you should do to stay safe
If a thunderstorm hits your area the first thing you should do is unplug your computer – or you could risk losing everything on it.
Lightning strikes can cause power surges that burn out home computers and monitors leaving them completely worthless.
The problem occurs when the lightning hits a power line, sending a charge which can exceed 100,000 volts down the line.
Even an indirect hit, near a power line, can send extra voltage into your home and inflict serious damage on your PC.
But it’s not just computers at risk – TVs, games consoles, phones and all electrical equipment could also be damaged in a strike.