Protecting From Lightning Strikes

Protecting From Lightning Strikes

If you think your home is safe from lightning strikes, think again. Take the steps necessary to protect your home from lightning.
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Green Builder Media

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:30am

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On April 9, a house in the town of Mukwonago, Wisconsin was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Less than a week later, in San Antonio, Texas, another home was destroyed by lightning while another in Manor, Texas was one of three to be struck by lightning in the same night.

According to the National Weather Service and the Insurance Information Institute, each year, lightning is responsible for approximately 37 direct deaths, 300 injuries, 200,000 insurance claims, and $1 billion in damages.

Before you can protect your home from these damaging strikes, it’s best to understand what is really happening. According to the IEEE’s report, “How to Protect Your House and Its Contents from Lightning,” a lightning strike can damage a tree or a house, but it’s the lightning’s current that surges into power, phone and cable television wiring that does the most damage. Lightning can also travel through the ground and damage cables. Strikes that land near the house are just as dangerous to any external wiring that may be installed. If that outside wiring extends into the house, it can actually carry the surge into the home.


CATEGORY: Environment