Lightning is something to which South Florida residents are accustomed. It’s a year-round danger. The electrical discharge can be spectacularly beautiful, unpredictable, and deadly. A lightning bolt is able to strike homes, vehicles and boats. It doesn’t discriminate in its targets. The community of Four Corners, also known as Citrus Ridge, received more lightning strikes in 2022 than any other location in the U.S., but the entire state is at risk.
Manage Your Lightning Risk
In the past, homes and outdoor structures were built or equipped with lightning rods. That’s no longer true or effective for modern homes. The plumbing and wiring are able to transmit the electrical energy from a lightning strike to you. A lightning strike to a nearby power pole can create a surge that will necessitate a complete rewiring of your home.
To protect your home, you’ll need a whole home lightning protection system. It incorporates multiple elements to keep homes safe. The system is connected to the electric panel in your home. It continuously monitors electrical current as it enters, along with voltage within your home’s electrical system. It’s essentially a giant surge protector
When you know an electrical storm is coming., unplug electric appliances and devices, including phone, cable and modem lines. Use surge protectors
Stay away from windows. Don’t lay down on concrete.
There ‘s a variety of beliefs about lightning that are pure myth. Believing them can put you and your home at risk and prevent you from taking appropriate precautions. The following are facts about lightning discharges.
- Lightning can and does strike in the same place multiple times.
- Crouching and staying lower to the ground doesn’t make you less of a target.
- Lightning can strike up to 3 miles away from its point of origin.
- It’s safe to give CPR to the victim of a lightning strike.
- Being under a tree is the 2nd most frequent cause of lightning deaths.
- You’re not 100 percent safe from lightning in your home.
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