How to Strengthen Your Home from a Thunderstorm
Severe thunder and lightning storms can happen any time of year here in New England, and even in winter when “thundersnow” occurs regularly. Depending on how you feel about storms, you’ll find these storms soothing; consider them just background noise; or be rattled by every boom and beam of light piercing the sky, convinced they’re going to hit your house.
Yes, that last bit is a possibility. Severe thunderstorms can indeed cause storm damage to a home, with strong winds taking out tree limbs that hit your home or a bolt of lightning causing a fire.
What can you do to prepare your home and family for severe thunder and lightning storms?
- Have an emergency plan ready in case of a storm or any other disaster.
- Cut down or trim back the branches of trees that may be in danger of falling on your home in the case of strong winds or a microburst.
- Invest in devices to protect your home and electronics from a fire caused by lightning, such as surge protectors and lightning rods. You may also want to look into a lightning protection system for gas piping.
During a severe thunderstorm, you should avoid using any electronics that are connected to an electrical outlet and avoid using running water.
If you discover damage to your home after a storm, give us a call anytime. We have a team of highly trained professionals on call 24/7 ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”