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07/17/2015
Summer is lightning strike season here in Colorado. We all know that lightning can burn a home down, but even if it does not, it can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Here are some things you can do to protect your home from lightning.

Structural Protection

There are a few changes you can make to your home to make it more lightning resistant. A fire-resistant roof and walls made of concrete, metal, and brick will protect against fires. You can also install a home sprinkler system to put out fires that ignite. A rock bed placed against the home will also keep any vegetation around the home from catching fire.

Inside the Home

The first thing you should do inside your home is to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Every home should have these. In addition, when there is a lightning storm, be sure to unplug all electronics or turn them off. Use surge protectors. Do not use phones with cords, computers, or any other appliances that connect you with electricity or plumbing. Do not wash your hands, bathe, wash dishes, or do laundry.

Personal Safety

To keep yourself safe in a thunder storm, stay away from windows and doors. Remember that if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and nowhere outside is safe. Stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunder you hear. If you feel the hair on your head start to stand up, lightning will strike. Make yourself as small of a target as possible, covering your ears and placing your head between your legs. Make as little contact with the ground as possible, resting on the balls of your feet. Should lightning strike someone around you, know that they do not carry an electric current, and so can and should be tended to immediately. Should your home be struck by lightning, or if you suffer any other fire, water, or mold damage, you should call Buffalo Builders DKI in Colorado Springs at (719) 578-8100. We specialize in rebuilding and restoring homes from disaster damage. Visit our webpage for more information.