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Protect Your Home from Lightning Disasters

A good num­ber of homes are destroyed by light­ning strike every year. A sin­gle light­ning strike can reduce a bun­ga­low into rab­bles with­in a mat­ter of min­utes. This most­ly hap­pens because light­ning cre­ates a pow­er surge around the house that leads to dan­ger­ous elec­tri­cal fires. The sad thing about this is that, light­ning strikes so fast that not even the fire brigade can over­take its wrath. In addi­tion to this, these fire­men won’t attempt to get clos­er to the house espe­cial­ly if it doesn’t have a light­ning arrester on it. It is for this rea­son why you should make sure your home (how­ev­er new it is), is safe­guard­ed from light­ning and oth­er nat­ur­al fac­tors.

The first step to pro­tect­ing your home against light­ning dam­age is by hav­ing a surge pro­tec­tor installed around the house. Through the surge pro­tec­tor, all elec­tri­cal ener­gy direct­ed to the house when the light­ning strikes will be deflect­ed and cause no harm. The surge pro­tec­tor will also safe­guard the in-house elec­tri­cal sys­tem from being affect­ed by the light­ning. This helps pro­tect your home from burst­ing into flames should the worst hap­pen.

The next step is to have a sec­ondary light­ning surge arrestor installed on the high­est peak of the house. This arrestor should have a volt­age sup­pres­sor to help reduce enor­mous light­ning charges to safer less destruc­tive volt­ages. This surge sup­pres­sor should be test­ed to the rec­om­mend­ed elec­tri­cal stan­dards as well. In addi­tion to this, the elec­tri­cal arrestor should have a prop­er­ly func­tion­ing indi­ca­tor light. For enhanced safe­ty against light­ning, it is always advis­able to have the surge pro­tec­tion appli­ance installed to pro­tect the house and its sur­round­ings. Most of these devices can be pur­chased in local elec­tri­cal shops through the help of a cer­ti­fied elec­tri­cian.

Hav­ing the surge pro­tec­tor and light­ning arrestor installed doesn’t mean elec­tri­cal appli­ances in the house are safe. A neigh­bor­ing house may be struck by light­ning and its surge extend to your house espe­cial­ly if you use the same elec­tric­i­ty sup­ply line. It is for this rea­son why you should buy small­er elec­tric­i­ty surge pro­tec­tors for all elec­tri­cal appli­ances in your home. Most impor­tant­ly, the surge pro­tec­tors should safe­guard your TV, decoders, HIFI cook­er or fridge. Your com­put­er too needs to be plugged in via surge pro­tec­tor to safe­guard it from elec­tri­cal fluc­tu­a­tions. Doing this will not only pro­tect your house against fires caused by elec­tric­i­ty fluc­tu­a­tion, but also safe­guard the appli­ances as well. 

If you live in a thun­der­storm or light­ning prone area, then con­sid­er hav­ing this include in your home insur­ance cov­er.


Associated Links

  • Light­ning
  • Elec­tro­mag­net­ism
  • Elec­tric­i­ty
  • Light­ning rod
  • Surge arrester

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