They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but in reality, we can only hope that it wouldn’t. When it hits certain things like trees or a house, it can cause structural damage or fire. Its effect on humans can be severe as well – it can cause burns especially when one is holding metal or it can disrupts a heart’s electrical rhythm, which ultimately leads to cardiac arrest.
It is best to stay safe indoors, but that may not be enough in certain cases. Here are some ways on how to stay secured inside your house in the event of a thunderstorm:
- Stay away from metals and unplug electrical appliances. Since metals, cords and wires are great conductors for electricity, it is best to steer clear of them to avoid the risk of electrocution or burns.
- Since water is also a powerful electrical conductor, it is advised to postpone washing dishes or taking a bath during this time.
- Keep a flashlight or any source of light close. Electrical posts are prone to lightning strikes which can lead to power outages.
- Check every nook of your property and make sure that there are no signs of fire starting. These can start very slow and may not be detected by a smoke alarm immediately.
A related incident occurred in Parker, Colorado, as reported by denver.cbslocal.com:
Lightning struck a home in Parker on Thursday afternoon and started a fire.
The lightning struck the home near Lincoln and Chambers in Parker just after 4 p.m. on Thursday. There were storm clouds above the Denver metro area at the time but no reports of severe thunderstorms.
South Metro Fire Rescue crews rushed to the home to extinguish the fire. No one was hurt.
Know that Colorado Springs is one of the most active lightning areas in the country. That’s why you need to keep close contact with professional Colorado Springs roofers whom you can rely on in times of emergency. Local contractors like AquaDuct Roof and Gutters know the prevailing weather patterns in the area so they are always prepared to immediately respond to your call.
With over 40 years of experience, we are trained in dealing with damage caused by lightning or any other disaster. Whether you need to have repairs or replacement, our Colorado Springs and Denver roofers are here to help. You can also have us assess damage and help you file insurance claims.
(Article Excerpt from Lightning Strikes Home, Starts Fire, CBS 04, June 1, 2014)