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What can Lightning and fire Cause?

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to lightning and house fires, there are three things to keep in mind.
Lightning strikes rapidly and can completely destroy your home. However, there are numerous misconceptions about these types of fires, and learning more about them might make you feel better equipped to respond in the event of a fire.

1. Property damage is more likely than personal injury.

When lightning strikes, it frequently causes a house fire; it is quite rare for a person to be struck. Strikes in the United States have wounded fewer than 60 persons in the last four years. 

However, fires that happened as a result of a strike caused severe damage to homes during that time period. Unplugging equipment in your home can assist to lessen the chances of being struck by lightning.

2. The Season and the Environment Play a Role

A lightning strike is more likely to occur during the summer, when storms are more common. Furthermore, certain areas are particularly vulnerable to lightning-caused fires. Drought-stricken areas are more likely to witness these types of fires, as dry grasses and bushes can easily ignite and spread, causing considerable damage to the area.

3. Education and preparation can be beneficial

If you're outside when a storm starts, there are several precautions you may take to keep yourself safe. Avoiding water and staying a safe distance from towering trees and powerlines can help you avoid being struck. If you're inside during a storm, staying away from windows is also a good idea. Knowing how to react in the event of a fire in your home can also help to keep you and others safe.

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