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Tips to protect your home from lightning

There are ways to protect your home from the effects of lightning strikes (Source: WOIO) There are ways to protect your home from the effects of lightning strikes (Source: WOIO)
Storms and lightning common during the spring and summer months.

Ohio ranks 4th when it comes to deaths, injuries and fatalities according to the National Lightning Safety Institute.

Homes can be hit by lightning and burst into flames. At the very least, lightning can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

There are things you can do to protect your home.

For example, a 3,000 square foot exhibit home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana known as "LaHouse" has many protective elements.

"We really show a whole range of solutions to our climate and to our natural hazards," says housing expert Dr. Claudette Reikel.

In case of emergency, LaHouse has fire-resistant roofing and walls made of concrete, metal, and brick.

"We want durability, safety, hazard-resistant," says Reikel.

A home sprinkler system, concrete and metal roofing are expensive, but Reikel says there are more affordable measures, like a rock bed placed against the home. The rocks won't catch fire like mulch. Also, add smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

"Those are the first line of defense that every home should have," Reikel says.

A surge protector could keep your home from losing power.

"Surges can shorten the life of your electronics and equipment. So this surge arrestor can be a good investment to protect everything you have in your home," according to Reikel.

It seems counterintuitive, but a lightning rod can protect your home from lightning's huge electrical charge.

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