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to Protect Your Home from Lightning
National Severe Storms Laboratory reports that there are 20,000,000
cloud-to-ground flashes of lightning each year. And while one’s
chances of being struck by lightning are relatively low (1 in 3,000),
it can strike other objects—such as trees and poles—and
end up causing damage to your home.
you live in an area that is frequently
hit by thunderstorms, it’s important that you take steps to
protect your home and family from this dangerous phenomenon. Here are
a few tips:
aware of the risk of wildfires.
While humans are
the primary cause of wildfires, millions
of acres burn each year in fires started by lightning. That’s
why it is essential that people in areas that are prone to lightning
strikes know what to do in case of a wildfire. As this guide on
safety notes, one of the best things you can do to protect your
home is to keep up with basic maintenance. For example, clear any
branches, dry brush, dead leaves, etc., from your yard. Make sure
gutters are clean and don’t keep wood piles near your home.
When you keep your yard clean, wildfires have less fuel to burn;
therefore, firefighters will have a better chance of keeping the fire
from overtaking your home.
Because of its unpredictable nature, you can’t fully protect
your home from being struck by lightning. But as SFGate.com notes
rods can be used to “direct it safely away from your home.”
It suggests having the rod securely attached to your roof and
“embedded in the ground by a cable.” As LiveScience.com
explains the cable will carry the strike’s electrical
charge “away from the structure.”
One way you can protect the interior of your home is to use surge
protectors. As this article with tips on how to protect a home
against lightning explains, the National Electric Code mandates that
protection be included in a home’s design. However, the
article notes, you can add to this protection by plugging appliances
into power surge strips.
to an area with less lightning.
Though it may seem
like a drastic step, if you’re extremely worried about the
dangers associated with lightning or if your home has previously been
damaged by lightning, you may want to consider moving to an area
where it doesn’t pose as great a risk. If you do decide that’s
the right option for your family, don’t rush into anything.
This article breaks the selling
process down into eight steps so that you can ensure you get a
good price for your home. But as you choose the new location for your
family, remember lightning doesn’t only happen in
thunderstorms. NationalGeographic.com explains that it can
also occur during volcanic eruptions, intense forest fires, heavy
snowstorms, and of course, hurricanes.
can certainly be intense and scary. And because of the fact that
there is nothing we can do to fully ensure our homes won’t be
struck by lightning, it feels even scarier. But when you follow these
tips, you’ll be taking important steps toward protecting your
home from being damaged by this dangerous phenomenon.
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