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Shocking Isn't It?

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

What is the definition of the idiom ‘force of nature’?

According to https://www.yourdictionary.com/ , a ‘force of nature’ is “a mighty natural force which is beyond human control, notably if potentially catastrophic, such as the elements or geological activity.”

Lightning most defiantly suits this situation.

The chances of you getting struck by lightning are slim; about 1 in every 500,000. However, the likelihood of your house getting struck by lightning isn’t as unreasonable; about 1 in every 200. Although the majority of people may go their entire lives without having to worry about lightning damage, those who have, generally face major consequences.
The state of Texas is at high risk for lightning damage; just below California. In 2019, Texans made 5,780 insurance claims due to lightning damage. These claims ended up costing more than $88.3 million. This is important to know because the majority of lightning damage begins during the spring season and peaks in the summer. These statistics may serve as an encouragement to prepare your home from lightning strikes this season. Here are some things that you may have not known about lightning damage:

  • Lightning damage doesn’t always occur as a result of a direct hit. When lightning strikes the ground, it can travel through metal pipes or electrical wiring in your home. This generally causes the electrical outlets to blow and requires all new wiring throughout the house.
  • In 2019, lightning strikes, whether direct or secondary hits, caused 20 deaths and 100 injuries in the United States.
  • Around 19% of fires caused by lightning directly affects homes.
  • The majority of lightning damage occurs during the months of June, July, and August.

How To Minimize the Damaged Caused To Your Home Due To Lightning:

  • Unplug electrical wiring from all outlets throughout the house.
    • Failure to do so can not only cause your outlets to fry, but also the electronics plugged into them.
  • Installing surge protectors may also protect your outlets.
  • Installing a lightning rod may redirect the bolt to prevent it from striking your house.
  • Ensuring that your home has functioning smoke detectors will assist in notifying you if a fire has started due to the powerful bolt of electricity.
  • Consider adding lightning damage to your home or renters insurance in case of an emergency.

Although repairing damages due to any natural disaster isn’t ideal, and taking preventative measures is inconvenient accidents are sure to happen. If your home or business is affected by lightning, SERVPRO of Parker & NE Hood Counties is more than willing to help! WE are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can give us a call at 817-596-8714.

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