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Prevent Lighting Fires From Damaging Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn and North Lawrenceville

6/5/2024 (Permalink)

multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn and North Lawrenceville

Indoor fires can be prevented and combatted with the right safety equipment and planning. However, there are also external causes of house fires that may put you at greater risk.

Lightning-related damage may seem rare, but in 2022, they caused $952 Million in U.S. insurance claims. These strikes are powerful enough to knock down trees and spark fires inside and out.

To show just how common this is, lightning strikes over 6,000 times every 60 seconds. This means that everyone should take steps to prepare for lightning strikes, especially before storms arrive.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is a high concentration of electrical current that connects the clouds in the sky to the ground. Lightning is usually associated with thunderstorms, but it can also occur during wildfires, winter storms and in extremely dry conditions, known as “dry lightning.”

Dry lightning occurs without rain and is known to cause wildfires more frequently than any other kind of lightning strike. This threat changes as seasons do, but we must be prepared for it due to the severity and frequency of this disaster.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

When a fire starts from lightning, you may not notice it immediately as the fire may start in the attic or walls. A loud, explosive sound, black spots on your walls or the smell of smoke are signs that you should call the fire department immediately.

Consider installing a lightning rod that will direct the electrical energy away from your home to better prevent lightning fires. Additionally, you can have an electrician install an entire home surge protector to reduce the risks of your appliances or wiring sparking flames.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lightning is a frequent cause of wildfires, but different areas face different peak seasons for these kinds of fires. On average, around 9,000 fires originate through lightning, and the flames are often more dangerous due to the high heat impact of the strike.

Protect your home by creating defensible zones that will prevent the fire from spreading to your structure, and install smoke detectors in every bedroom, on every floor and in the kitchen to have full coverage from this disaster

If your home suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn and North Lawrenceville right away! Our expert team is trained to handle fire cleanup and restoration, and we provide 247 availability so that you always have someone to turn to when disaster strikes.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

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