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Costly Lightning Strikes Might Be More Common Than You Think

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown in a dark sky If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Powerful storms can cause damage to your home, wind, flooding and even lightning.  When it strikes a home it can cause massive damage to electrical systems, appliances and electronics. Just a few years ago, in 2018 there were $909 million in lightning claims were paid out to nearly 78,000 policyholders.

Lightning is the most under-recognized threat among weather hazards, in part because strikes can happen anywhere at any time. There are some precautions you can take for your home if you're concerned.

Whole House Surge Protector

A whole-house surge protector, also known as a surge suppressor or UPS device, works like the ones that people use to protect their computers.

Lightning Protection Systems

A lightning protection system is based on the scientific principle that electricity follows the path of least resistance. These systems are built to give the electricity in a lightning strike a low-resistance pathway around a home’s pipes and wiring and into the ground.

Unplugging Appliances

While not very practical, unplugging major appliances can protect them from a surge caused when lightning strikes

Where to begin if your home gets struck by lightning:

Safety first: evacuate your family from your home if you see or smell smoke.

Call 911 and tell them your home was struck by lightning if you suspect fire damage.

Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.

Call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724

If you have storm damage, call our experienced, trained team. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your storm damage.

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