Look to the skies. Darkening skies and heavy winds can be indications that a thunderstorm is approaching. If so, don’t wait for the rain to fall or the first flash of lightning—take cover immediately!
Before a storm occurs, there are practical things you can do to safeguard your home and property against lightning. Consider the following:
- Install surge suppressors. This is a relatively inexpensive way to prevent electrical surges from entering your home or other structures through the power lines.
- Install some type of lightning protection system (i.e. lightning rods). This will allow lightning currents to travel safely to the ground.
- Take a good look at the layout of your house and identify possible lightning hazards. This includes inappropriately secured electrical fixtures.
- If you’re considering putting up a flagpole, plan carefully. A tall flagpole is an attractive target, especially if it’s the highest object in the area. Make certain to build the flagpole at least 20 feet away from property, to prevent lightning strikes from traveling toward the house.
Lightning safety is a subject that the entire family can benefit from, it’s a good idea to know what to do should a lightning strike occur and how to prepare for an emergency!