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You never know when and where lightning will strike. The National Lightning Safety Institute says the odds of lightning striking a home are 1 in 280,000 on average, with 1,000 victims in an average year. Even though the odds are in your favor, it’s still wise to know what to do to keep yourself safe and what to do if lightning does strike your Tampa, FL, home.

What Happens When Lightning Strikes Your Home?

When lightning strikes your home, there’s a loud booming noise that may or may not share your entire house. Also, electricity surges through your wiring and plumbing system to find the route to the ground. During a storm, unplug electronics such as computers, TVs, and stereos, and avoid running water. Not only is there a risk of fire due to a strike when electricity runs through plumbing or wiring, but the fire might slowly burn inside the walls without you realizing it. Another risk from a strike is the potential for a shock wave that could fracture stones, bricks, concrete and shatters glass and plaster on the walls.

What to Do If Your House is Hit

First, check on the other occupants in the house to make sure they’re safe. If you smell smoke, evacuate your home, call 911 to tell them about the strike, then contact your insurance company. After you call your insurance company, call a trustworthy electrician to inspect your home’s wiring.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Belongings From Lightning

  • Unplug all electronics.
  • Stay away from water. Don’t wash your hands or do dishes.
  • Don’t use wired phones, tools, or appliances.
  • Wear shoes when in the garage, on the patio, or outside.
  • Stay away from windows.

If you need your home’s electrical system inspected after a lightning strike, our team is ready to help. Contact ServiceMaster 24 Hour for your emergency service needs. We’re available any time of the day, week, or year, and we work with all insurance companies.

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