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Storms could damage Christmas lights and other electronics

Storms could damage Christmas lights and other electronics, says the website HowStuffWorks.

According to the South African Weather Service, rain and thunderstorms could be expected for parts of the country on Christmas Day. Provinces including Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal might be affected by storms and rain until early-2024.

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Thunderstorms could mean that lightning causes potential damage to electronic equipment, which can include everything from fridges to Christmas lights.

If you see the signs of storms coming your way, some electronics might be best plugged out.

Here’s more about thunderstorm safety during Christmas.

Storms could damage Christmas lights and other electronics, according to the website HowStuffWorks.

Lightning strikes are naturally drawn to high-points and electricity, which could mean that the current runs during a strike – and goes straight into your electronics where it could become dangerous.

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When electricity ‘trips’ on an electrical board, this can sometimes be a sign of a power surge that otherwise could have been dangerous.

Storms should mean that you unplug Christmas lights and other electronics for a while at the height of it, even if it is the holiday season.

Rainy weather and thunderstorms could be dangerous.

If you are caught in thunderstorms, stay away from all windows and open spaces. Avoid standing in (or near) water, and don’t do dishes or washing when there’s an active thunderstorm.

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Electricity can be dangerous, and it doesn’t just come from the plugs in the average home – but during thunderstorms, can be everywhere.

Rain and heavy weather conditions could be expected for parts of South Africa, according to the SA Weather Service.

Some of the provinces that might be affected by thunderstorms could include Gauteng, North-West, and Kwazulu-Natal.

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