You have probably experienced awe whenever you have been in the middle of a powerful lightning storm, but there is also a measure of trepidation considering the risks associated with such storms. Even though only about 50 people die annually from lightning strikes, there is a great risk for property damage as well.
A lightning strike can cause damage to your appliances by causing a power surge, but it could also lead to a house fire.

Whenever there is a lightning storm in your area, there are a few precautions you can take to keep yourself and your home safe.

  • Unplug appliances, especially those that are sensitive like computers and TVs.
  • Avoid using a corded phone.
  • Stay away from your windows
  • If possible, don’t use running water, since it can conduct lightning.

Your house is likely protected by a lightning rod, a device that will conduct the current to the ground through a wire, and keep it from doing damage to your house.