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Protecting Us From Dangerous Lightning



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How to Protect Your Home from Lightning

The 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.





If 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:





Be 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 wildfire 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.



Install lightning rods. Because of its unpredictable nature, you can’t fully protect your home from being struck by lightning. But as SFGate.com notes lightning 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.”



Increase surge protection. 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 surge 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.





Move 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.







Lightning 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.



















About The Author:

Sara Bell grew up in a family of teachers—her dad has taught high school for 30 years and her mom is a university professor. AtEducatorLabs, she puts the lessons they instilled in her about the importance of curiosity and learning to great use. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, writing, and knitting.