Yeah he's going to far. He's too paranoid. I can see unplugging the computer but that's about it. Maybe he was traumatized as a child with something to do with lightning.. The guys got some deep seated problems. An obsessive compulsive disorder related to lightning. Ask him to get counseling. If he wont then break his balls so bad he begs for mercy. Like put a Lightning rod out the window with a wire hooked to his bed Make the poor guy blow a complete gasket. Once he realizes what a fool he looks like then he might stop or get counseling..
Pull the plugs and put a good shot of oil in each cylinder. Let it sit for a few days. Then, try to turn the crank, clockwise, by hand, with a socket and long rachet. If it turns freely several times around, then go for the fresh gas and a hot battery. Make sure you change the oil too.