How To Lightning Proof Your House
Here at SERVPRO, we take every measure we can to handle storm damage and destruction after it happens, but we can’t protect you in the moment; we’re faster to any size disaster, but being faster than lightning is a bit of a tall order!
Learn how to be #LightningSafe by following the tips below:
Ready.gov says that you should remove dead branches and rotting trees before storm season hits. This is because lightning looks for the shortest route to take to the ground; tall trees are a prime target, and, on top of that, they are flammable and can cause a house fire.
If that is something you’re worried about because you are surrounded by trees or just in an unusually dry area, check out our blog on Preventing Fires. “Shutter windows and secure outside doors.
If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.” This offers protection from wind, and an extra layer of home protection as well. Preventing electronics from frying while the storm outside is active is also important. Be sure to “Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives”.
BONUS TIP: “rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning.” If you are outside and start to feel static electricity in the air, seek shelter immediately; you cannot rely on your clothing. Ready.gov clarifies that “the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal”, which is good information to have. If you’re driving or near your vehicle during an impending storm, getting in might be the safest option, especially if there isn’t any other shelter nearby!
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