Preventing Your Home From Lightning Damage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/25/08

Preventing Your Home From Lightning Damage

It is lightning awareness week, and at least two Lubbock families may be watching the skies closely tonight, after lightning damaged their homes earlier this week.

Lightning can cause fires, but it is more likely to destroy electronics if it strikes near your home. You obviously cannot stop the lightning, but you may be able to prevent damage by installing lightning rods.

"If lightning strikes a home, lightning travels down the charge to the ground, and dissipates with no damage to the house," says David Bryer, who installs lightning rods.

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but after lightning struck her home in December, Sonja Crane wasn't willing to take any chances.

"It was about two o'clock in the morning, lightning struck out here and scared us to death of course," said Crane.

When lightning struck, Crane lost four satellites, a television set and a few other appliances, so she decided to have a lightning rod system professionally installed.

It cost her about $3,000, but she says it was worth paying to keep her house from being damaged again.

There are also do-it-yourself kits that are much cheaper.   News Channel 11 found some online that ranged from $75 to a few hundred dollars, but Breyer warns you to be careful. If you install it incorrectly, it could cause more damage to your home than if you didn't have lightning rods at all.

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