Brisbane is known for its bright sunny days. It is also known for its quite fierce summer thunderstorms. The humidity builds up all day. It gets steamier and warmer. At about 2.30pm if you are lucky, the clouds roll in, thick and black, and you are treated to a Queensland thunderstorm in all its glory. The lightning flashes and the thunder booms and then the drenching rain comes and soaks the hot ground. Usually right at school pick up time! It gives some relief to the heat for a brief while. If I think of a smell that is distinctly Brisbane, it is that smell. Rain on hot sun-baked roads. Sort of a hot, damp, dusty smell.
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But our house seems to have very finicky electrical system. We suffer numerous brown outs and the safety switch in the power box clicks off at the drop of a hat. Very frustrating! But apart from the irritating factor it is not at all good for our electrical goods. The television, fridge, stereo system, air conditioner, computers, and other expensive things have all suffered at the hands of this house. It doesn’t have to be a direct lightning hit to cause damage either. We live near the train line and sometimes an electric train flying past can affect our electricity!
Something that I wish we had realised a lot earlier, is the fact that a good quality surge protection device is an absolute essential item to have, when there are power fluctuations and electricity spikes and storms and trains that do funny things to your power supply.
Did you know that nearly all home and contents insurance policies don’t cover damage caused by a power fluctuation unless you can prove that lightning was the sole cause of the damage? This means that you can be left out of pocket when you need to replace your damaged appliances. Not good.