Limit the Damage from Lightning Strikes

Severe weather season is still upon us – Mother Nature isn’t letting up with the rain, thunder, and lightening! Storms that produce lightning are dangerous because of the high risk of your home or property getting hit in a strike.  Lightning strikes can cause significant damage to your property.  Here are easy steps you can take to protect your home and property from lightening and its potential devastation.

  • Avoid using the phone. You should avoid using landline telephones during a storm.
  • Avoid contact with water. Also avoid showering, washing your hands, or doing dishes as electricity can follow wiring and metal pipes, and because water can conduct electricity.
  • Protect your electronics. Use surge protectors to help protect electronics, appliances, and other equipment from power surges when lightning strikes your house, transformer, or electrical grid. If you do not have a surge protector, be sure to unplug computers, TVs, and other electronics to avoid costly damages as your homeowner’s insurance may not cover replacement of those items. Don’t forget to disconnect your internet and TV delivery systems, too.
  • Consider a lightning rod. Invest in a lightning rod to protect your home from fire caused by lightning. Lightning rods don’t decrease your chance of a lightning strike; they provide a safer path (instead of your wires) for the electricity to travel to the ground.

It is important to note that these tips can help protect your property, but there are no guarantees that a strike won’t cause significant damage to wiring or even start a fire. After the storm is over, be sure to check your attic for any immediate signs of a strike – charred beams or insulation, or smoldering/smoke coming from insulation or wires. If you suspect a strike, immediately call your local fire department for investigation.