What Do You Need to Know About Lightning?

Lightning—it’s the stuff legends are made from. Think back to the ancient mythology that you learned about in school, and you’ll probably remember some pretty impressive stories about lightning. Even though lightning isn’t exactly a weapon-like bolt that a hero throws, it’s serious business. And that’s why your home or business needs protection against it.

Understanding the facts and separating out the fictions of lightning is the first step in protecting yourself and your building. What do you need to know about lightning? Take a look at the important information and major myths surrounding those bright flashes.

Striking Twice

You may have heard that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Wouldn’t this be ideal? One strike and you’re done. But the “lighting doesn’t strike twice” theory is far from true. Lightning can and often will strike the same building or object more than once. This doesn’t mean that it will strike twice or more at the same time. The strikes may happen during different storms or even during different years. The thing to remember is that the idea that lightning won’t strike the same object twice is a myth.

Don’t avoid protecting your building just because it’s had previous lightning damage. When lightning strikes an object there’s a reason. That part of the building may be taller than the roof, or it may be made out of a material that conducts electricity well. The fact that it attracted lightning to begin with, may mean that it’s more likely to be hit again and again. For example, the Empire State Building is struck an average of 23 times per year.

Homes and Buildings Always Provide Protection

Yes, staying indoors is always advisable during an electrical storm. You’re much better protected by the roof of a building than you are by the open space of an outdoor area. Along with that, a building is always preferable over a tree. While it’s tempting to run for shelter under a tree, thousands of trees are struck by lightning each day. If the tree is the tallest object in the area, it will attract the lightning and put you at risk if you’re standing underneath.

Even though homes and other buildings are the safest places to be during an electrical storm, that doesn’t mean that lightning can’t or won’t strike them. Along with having your home professionally protected against lightning and electrical storm issues, make sure to stay away from anything inside that conducts electricity. This includes wires, television cables, metal door or window frames and appliances.

Survival Skills and Lightning Strikes

If you do get struck, chances are things aren’t going to end well for you. That said, you are more likely to live after being struck. Of the people who get struck by lightning, roughly only 10% die from their injuries. That means 90% of people who are struck go on to live. But there can be serious consequences. The majority of people who live through lightning strikes have long-term physiological or psychological trauma as a result.

Time of the Year

There are times of the year when you or your property are more likely to get struck by lightning. 92% of all lightning-related fatalities and injuries happen between May and September. Think about the times when it rains and storms the most. This typically includes the late spring and summer which falls roughly during May through September. In the winter, you’re less likely to see a lightning-producing rainstorm if you live in a climate where it snows.

Does your building need protection against lightning? Call B & B Lightning Protection at 609-392-1929 for more information.