How Lightning Can Affect Your Home Life

By
Home Inspector with NextDay Inspect

Why is lightning so dangerous to your home?

Lightning can cause a lot of damage to your home if it hits it in just the right spot. Some of the dangers of lightning include:

  • Electricity Shock: If you are in direct contact with electricity when lightning strikes, you can be shocked. This can cause serious injury or even death.
  • Fire: A lightning strike can start a fire in your home. This is especially dangerous if there is a flammable material in the home, like wood or paper.
  • Damage to Equipment: Electrical equipment in your home can be damaged by a lightning strike. This can prevent you from using appliances or even connecting to the power grid.
  • Damage to Trees and Plants: A lightning strike can kill trees and plants in your yard.

 

How can you prevent damage to your home during a lightning storm?

The best way to protect your home from lightning is to stay away from it. If you are outdoors when a lightning storm is occurring, try to find a safe place inside. If you are inside, stay in an enclosed room or basement. And if you are outside, try to stay away from tall objects and trees.

 

If your home is hit by lightning, how can it affect your home systems?

If your home is hit by lightning, it can cause electrical problems. Electrical equipment in your home can be damaged by a lightning strike. This can prevent you from using appliances or even connecting to the power grid. It can also damage electrical equipment outside your home, like streetlights and powerlines.

The most dangerous part of a lightning storm is the moment when the bolt hits your home. This is when electricity is going to be flowing the strongest and most dangerously. If you are inside when this happens, stay away from windows and electrical switches, and call for help immediately.

Thunder can also cause damage to your home. Thunder is a sound that is created when lightning strikes the ground. It can cause your windows to shatter, and it can also damage your home's exterior walls depending on your home's proximity to the point of origin.

 

 

What steps should you take in your home to prevent a lightning-associated disaster?

Computers and phones, among other delicate items, should be unplugged from outlets and phone lines. Although useful, surge protectors shouldn't be relied upon during a storm.

Avoid...

  • using computers, corded phones, and other electronic devices that put you in close proximity to electricity. Turn them off if you can't unhook them. Lightning could hit adjacent phone or electric cables and penetrate your house.
    Other devices, such as air conditioners, should be unplugged.
  • looking out windows.
  • activities that involve coming into touch with running water, such as washing your hands, bathing, doing laundry, and washing dishes.

Comments (4)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it. 

Have a super fantastic weekend! Bill Salvatore with AEP

Oct 15, 2022 02:11 PM
NextDay Inspect

Hello Bill,

 

We're glad you enjoyed our piece on home safety on the topic of lightning!

 

Have a wonderful day.

Oct 19, 2022 09:25 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Great information, thanks for sharing!!!

Electrical equipment in your home can be damaged by a lightning strike. This can prevent you from using appliances or even connecting to the power grid.

Oct 15, 2022 02:24 PM
NextDay Inspect

Hello Sham,

 

Good to know! We'll be sure to update the article at some point with that helpful tip.

 

Have a great day.

Oct 19, 2022 09:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and Thank You for the great information on this subject.  Make it a great Sunday!

 

Oct 16, 2022 08:53 AM
NextDay Inspect

Hello Will,

 

Anytime, we're glad you enjoyed our piece on lightning safety for homes.

 

Have a great day!

Oct 19, 2022 09:27 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Oct 17, 2022 04:36 AM
NextDay Inspect

Hello Richard,

 

We're glad you enjoyed our article, we'll be sure to have more coming in before the end of the month!

 

Have a wonderful day.

Oct 19, 2022 09:33 AM