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What To Know About Home Lightning Fires

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderbolt over the house with dark stormy sky on the background and moon shining through the cloud A lightning fire can destroy your home.

Not every house fire results from an indoor spark or grease spill. Weather events can lead to fires as well. Lightning, in particular, caused 22,600 fires in America between 2007 and 2011. You should thus learn a bit about these types of fires and how to stay safe during storms.

Understanding Lightning Fires

The majority of these fires do not take place in homes. Still, a lightning fire can cause personal property damage. The fires are most common in the late afternoon and early evening and typically occur during the following months:

  • June
  • July
  • August

Protecting Yourself
Ideally, you should remain inside during a thunderstorm. Once you hear the claps of thunder, head for a building, your house or a hard-topped vehicle. Outdoor locations with only a roof, including picnic areas, sports fields and golf courses, are not safe. Standing under trees can be dangerous, as well.
Of course, if a lightning fire occurs in your home, you may need to evacuate. You will thus need to find another indoor location. Talk to a neighbor ahead of time to see if you can take shelter at his property if necessary.
Even if you do not see flames right away, call authorities if you suspect that a strike has hit your home. The flames may be hiding in wiring or plumbing.
Electrical storms can be dangerous even if they do not start a fire. Once you get inside your home, unplug any electronics and avoid using them. You should also stay away from windows. Do not wash your hands, shower or wash dishes, either.
A lightning fire can destroy your home. This weather phenomenon can be harmful in other ways, as well. If a thunderstorm is heading to Seatac, WA, you and your family should stay indoors and away from electronics if possible. If a blaze does occur, head to a neighbor's home for shelter before dialing 911 and contacting fire damage restoration professionals.

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