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Protect Your Property From Lightning

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow-white lighting bolts over light blue sky. Lighting can damage your roof externally, or can cause internal damage to your home or business if the lightning starts a fire.

Severe thunderstorms can happen anytime if year in Oklahoma City. These storms often bring lightning along with them. Lightning causes buildings (both residential and commercial) billions of dollars in loss every year. Though you cannot do anything to stop the lightning itself, there are several precautionary measures you can take to protect your home or business against both the direct and indirect effects of lighting strikes.

Install a lightning-protection system. Standard homeowners insurance covers lightning related loss, but it is still a good idea to protect your property from the initial strike. If you live in an area that is often hit by thunder and lighting (such as Oklahoma City), you may receive a discount on your homeowners insurance if you install a lighting-protection system.

Call the fire department immediately, even if you do not see flames. If your house is struck by lighting, chances are there is fire somewhere in your house. Fire can “hide” in the attic or in the insides of your walls. Do not wait until you see flames, to call the fire department-call them immediately. This is will minimize potential damage.

Unplug your electrical items during storms. This will protect these valuable items from damaged in the rare event that your house is struck by lightning. Unplug computers and landline telephones first.

If lightning does strike, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is here to help. Our team can help to restore your property and any affected belongings back to preloss condition!

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