When Lightning Strikes your Home

The majority of the population goes into amateur storm-chaser mode when dramatic weather event is in the area.  I’ll admit it: the beauty of Mother Nature and the destruction she can cause is often awe-inspiring.  Yet, it is imperative to leave the forecasting to the professionals and stay safe.  Storms are beautiful, especially at night when the sky lights up with intense flashes of lightning.  There are age old myths that surround how lightning works, but it’s better for all if you can separate fact from fiction.

At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service we are not trained meteorologists.  However, we have seen what happens when lightning hits a home, causing a fire.  We’ve researched a few myths to dispel the untruths so you can be informed and protected the next time lightning finds its way into the area.

Myth #1:  You won’t get hit by lightning if you are inside your home.
Truth:  Lightning is attracted to conduits like metal and water.  If it strikes your home, it will seek the best conduit, sometimes jumping across the room to find it.  It may not be seeking you, but you could get in the way of its path.  Keep in mind that you are safest in your home, just avoid coming into contact with items that can conduct electricity.

Myth #2:  A surge protector will keep your electronics safe.
Truth:  A surge protector can’t handle the energy that comes from a bolt of lightning.  Your best bet is to unplug appliances so they aren’t damaged should lightning strike.

Myth #3:  You are safe from lightning if the skies are clear.
Truth:  Lightning can strike 15 miles from a thunderstorm.  So, while the sun is shining, but dark clouds are in the distance, make sure you keep an eye out for quick changing conditions.  Avoid swimming outdoors in pools, ponds, or lakes and find a sturdy shelter.

Myth #4:  Lightning will never hit the same place more than once.
Truth:  This is an old myth and completely untrue.  Lightning will strike anywhere and has no memory.  It prefers tall, isolated points as it is drawn to the conductive properties that will help lightning find its way into the ground.

Our Fire Damage Restoration team gets called in when properties experience a fire.  In the event of a lightning strike, a fire usually goes unnoticed in the attic and walls until the structure becomes visibly affected.  Lightning will hit the highest point of your home and travel along pipes and wires until it reaches the ground.  The strike and electricity cause the home’s materials to ignite and build a path of destruction as it moves.

We hope you never experience a fire and that you and your family are safe from any type of storm.  However, should you find yourself in need of a Fire Damage Restoration team, give us a call.  We’ll restore your home to the way it was before the fire.  Call us at us at 978-447-5991 with your restoration questions or to schedule an appointment.  Additional information is available on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.