At All Pro Disaster Cleaning, we see the aftermath of a lot of different disaster situations every day. Floods, fire, sewage overflow, and mold infestation are just a few of the events that can turn a previously cheerful and comfortable home into an expensive cleanup proposition.
Of all the situations that we handle on a regular basis, however, few are more devastating than that of a severe fire. Fires exact a high price in health, finances, and often human life. There are many common causes for fire, some of which are widely and well understood; others, however, receive very little attention.
A lightning strike can cause a fire to flare up almost instantly, with literally no warning. Fires caused by lightning aren’t as rare as many people have been led to believe. Worse still, many people assume that there is nothing they can do to protect themselves from such a powerful force of nature.
The Nature of Lightning
Lightning strikes the ground in the United States an average of twenty-five million times every year. Assuming an average lifespan of 80 years, a given American citizen has a 1 in 3000 chance of being struck by lightning at some point during their lifetime. Lightning is also unpredictable; there are a lot of old pieces of advice that are alarmingly absolute. For instance, lightning usually strikes the tallest object available to it – but not always. Also, the rubber tires on your car are not going to be of much use to you as an insulator: air is an insulator, and a bolt of lightning may travel through many miles of that before reaching your vehicle.
How to Prevent Potential Damage
The best way to prevent fire damage from a lightning strike is to give lightning a well-grounded path.
Grounding a home is accomplished through a networked arrangement of copper and aluminum components. These components channel the surge of electricity quickly and efficiently into the Earth, causing minimal damage to their surroundings. The most memorable and well-known component of such a network is of course the lightning rod, but – by itself – a lightning rod is at best ornamental. At the worst, it can attract lightning while offering it nowhere to go, causing significant damage to your home as a result. Lightning can start fires, as well as blasting bricks out of chimneys and shingles off of rooftops!
A complete lightning protection system involves a cleverly designed web of cables unobtrusively installed along the exterior of your home. These cables allow for lightning to follow a path of minimal resistance, directly into the ground.
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