Protecting Your Home From Lightning

Lightning is something not many people think about as being a danger to them or their properties. If anything, a lighting strike is seen as a statistical anomly and no one thinks to prepare for what could happen. Lightning strikes can cause a large amount of damage to your home should you not be prepared. Worst, if a lightning strike were to happen during a storm, you could lose power in your home when you need it most. This is why it is important to be both informed and ready should it happen. This article will discuss what you can do to prepare for a lightning strike and how to protect your home and loved ones.

The main issue with lighting strikes is that when it strikes your home, there will be a surge of electricity that can not only damage your appliances and electronics but also ruin the wiring in your home. This is the main thing you will want to protect against. To learn more in depth you can visitĀ otherwise here are some simple steps to follow to be prepared:

Step 1: Talk to an electrician to make sure your home’s grounding system is fully functional

Step 2: Plug in all appliances and electronics, both big and small, into a surge protector.

Step 3: Talk to an electrician about the idea of installing a whole house surge protector. These systems can absorb larger surges of electricity, like ones from lighting strikes, that strike your home. This will offer a larger scale system of protection and can act as the first line of defense against a lighting strike.

Another solution to consider is a home lightning protection system. This is a system of many different parts that act together to protect your home from a lightning strike. The following are parts of a lightning protection system:

1) Main conductors: these are made of copper or aluminum and are braided cables that connect to air terminals and the ground

2) Air terminals: these are rods that are made of aluminum or copper. They mount vertically on a rood and act as the main choice for lighting to hit. Fun fact: these are the large spikes you see on sky scrappers!

3) Tree Protectors: For any tree taller than a home and is withing 10 feet of the property should be equipped with its own lightning protection system. Trees do NOT offer any protection against lighting strikesĀ  and unfortunately many home owners fall for this mis conception.

4) Bonds: Bonds are pieces of metal that “bond” together different metallic objects. For example, a bont would connect a metal roof to the grounding system in order to transfer the electricity from a lighting strike.

Please note that if you were to consider any of the solutions listed above, they are to be installed by professionals ONLY. These are not DIY tasks and should not be done by anyone other than a licensed professional. Hopefully this article gave you an insight into what it takes to protect your home from lighting. Although it is rare, when lighting does strike you want to be prepared and you can protect your home easily and safely.