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Worried About Lightning? Protect Your Home And Family With These Solutions Today

If there are a lot of storms where you live and you worry about lightning a lot, then it's time to get a lightning rod professionally installed. Homeowners spent almost a billion dollars on claims due to lightning in 2022, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

Lightning doesn't just do damage to the home or property when it strikes, but can be fatal for homeowners who are hit or electrocuted. Here are some important things to know.

Type of Protection

There are different options that you can have installed that are going to protect the home and people inside from lightning. This will include:

  • Main conductors
  • Lightning rods
  • Ground rods

These will help absorb the electricity when hit and intercept the voltage, so the current doesn't spread. You also want surge protectors, assessors, and arrestors to protect the electrical box if the house is hit by lightning. These preventative measures can save you a great deal of money later.

The electricians can come to your home, look at the location of the property and what is most likely to be struck by lightning, and then determine what the best prevention system is for you. The age of your home, the type of materials used to build your home, and your home's height may also affect what is recommended.

Insurance Information

You need to call your insurance company to see if you have lightning coverage on your policy. If this is already covered in your standard homeowner's policy, then you won't have to worry about making any changes. Ask your policy provider if they offer any type of discount to you for adding lightning rods and items that prevent damage.

If lightning has hit your home or your property in the past, this doesn't mean that it's safe. Lightning can hit the same spot more than once, so if anything, the incident only proves that you need to protect your home.

You can check to see if you live in an area where lightning is a high-risk problem, and where you are more likely to get hit. If you don't want your house to be hit by lightning, one of the fastest and easiest things you can do is pay to have a lightning rod installed. When getting a quote for this, find out how much it's going to cost to get the electrical components in the home protected, and how fast you can get the installation completed.

Contact a local lightning rod installation service to learn more.