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.