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Lightning Strikes: Can They Really Start a House Fire?

4/22/2023 (Permalink)

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When you hear the word "lightning," what do you think of? If you're like most people, it's probably something along the lines of a bright flash in the sky followed by a loud crack--and then maybe some rain. But lightning is more than just a dramatic event; it can also cause serious damage to your home and even start fires.

In this article, we'll explain what lightning is and how it can cause house fires if left unchecked by proper safety measures. We'll also cover some ways that homeowners can protect themselves against this natural phenomenon so they don't have to worry about their homes being damaged or destroyed by fire caused by lightning strikes during storms!

What is Lightning?

Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs during a thunderstorm. It's caused by the build-up of positive and negative charges in the atmosphere, which causes electrons to move rapidly between atoms. This creates an electrical current that travels down through clouds as well as earth, causing them to glow brightly.

Lightning can strike anywhere in the world but it's most common in tropical regions where there are lots of thunderstorms and rainforest trees with high moisture content that act as good conductors for electricity (this means they allow electricity to flow easily through them).

What is a house fire?

A house fire is a fire that occurs in a building, such as a home or apartment. A house fire can be caused by several things, including faulty wiring or appliances that are not properly maintained. The most common causes of house fires are careless smoking and cooking accidents.

How can lightning start a house fire?

Lightning can strike a home directly, causing damage to the structure and starting a fire. Lightning can also strike nearby objects and ignite them, such as trees or cars. In addition, lightning striking power lines can cause sparks that start fires in homes with faulty wiring or other problems with their electrical system.

Preventing a House Fire Caused by Lightning

Lightning rods are a great way to prevent lightning from striking your home. They can be installed on the roof of your house, and they will channel any electrical charges that hit it away from the structure.

In addition to installing lightning rods, you should also try to avoid using electronics during storms. If you're not going to be able to unplug these appliances before a storm arrives (for example, if they have an automatic shutoff feature), make sure they're plugged into surge protectors or surge suppressors so that any power surges caused by lightning strikes won't damage them as much.

What to Do If Your Home is Struck by Lightning

If your home is struck by lightning, it's important to evacuate and call 911. After the storm has passed, check for any fire damage and electrical damage. If you notice any smoke or flames, get out of your house immediately--and don't go back inside until emergency responders have cleared it.

Insurance and Property Damage

If lightning strikes your home, the damage can be extensive. To ensure that you are covered and that your insurance company pays for repairs, it's important to check your policy and contact them immediately.

You should also document any damage as soon as possible after a strike: take photos of any visible damage; make notes about what happened (when did it happen? where were you when it happened?); record how long it took for power to return; and keep receipts for any expenses related to cleanup or repairs.

Lightning can start a house fire, but it's not the only thing that can. If you're prepared for the worst and have insurance coverage in place, then you can rest assured that your home will be protected from damage caused by natural disasters like lightning strikes.

If you want to learn more about how to protect yourself from lightning-related damages, contact us today!

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