Protecting Your Home From Lightning

As we approach storm season, it’s important to consider the safety of our homes. Lightning storms can be both beautiful and dangerous, and it’s crucial to take steps to protect our homes and ourselves during these events.

One of the first things you can do to keep your house safe during a lightning storm is to ensure that all of your electrical systems are properly grounded. This includes your electrical panel, as well as any sensitive electronic equipment you may have in your home. Surge protectors can also be a good investment, as they can help protect your devices from power surges caused by lightning strikes.

Make sure to unplug any non-essential electronics during a storm. This can help prevent damage to your devices if there is a power surge, and can also reduce the risk of electrical fires in your home.

Another essential step in keeping your house safe during a lightning storm is to ensure that your roof and gutters are well-maintained. Lightning can cause fires if it strikes a roof, so your roof must be in good repair. Additionally, clogged gutters can create a fire hazard if struck by lightning; so be sure to keep them clear of debris.

Finally, stay safe inside your home during a lightning storm. This means avoiding the use of corded phones, as well as staying away from windows and doors. If you have a basement or storm shelter, that can be a good place to wait out the storm.

Taking these steps can help keep your house and your family safe during a lightning storm. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to extreme weather, so take the time to prepare your home before the storms arrive.

Branch Services is here to help if you have suffered lightning damage or would like to assess how prepared you are for a storm. Give us a call today at 631.467.6600.