Day 2 of our series of summer fire prevention tips.
Because of atmospheric conditions, summer is the most common time of year for lightning. There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk that those flashes filling the sky will damage your home and what’s in it:
WHOLE HOUSE PROTECTION. A whole house surge protector, which is installed between the power line and main breaker, is the best kind of protection for your home from lightning traveling through the utility line. Check your local power company to see if they can provide this protection. If not, consult a licensed electrician.
Please note that this may not provide protection if lightning hits your home through other sources, such as plumbing lines, chimneys, tree roots, air conditioners or antennas.
SURGE PROTECTION FOR PROPERTY. Lightning can cause strong electromagnetic fields that trigger a power surge and damage electronic equipment. A best practice is to install surge protection for power cords to electronic equipment, and telephone and cable/ satellite TV lines. And when a storm is coming, unplug computers, TVs and other electronic devices.
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE - Don’t wait until an emergency—plan your escape now. Practice several times a year and make sure you and your family members can get out of the house in two minutes or less.
GET THE RIGHT PROTECTION WITH BROWN INSURANCE GROUP
Sometimes, the best maintenance and the best practices can't keep us from a loss. That's why the best favor you can give yourself and your family is protection. Brown Insurance Group is here to make sure your Home Insurance IS enough so that if the worst does happen, we've got you well covered. Want to learn more? Call us at 219-972-6060.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's summer fire prevention tip!