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Should I Install a Lightning Rod on My House?

Should I Install a Lightning Rod on My House?

A lightning rod is an essential accessory for any commercial or residential establishment, as it provides an alternative path to discharge vast amounts of voltage safely into the ground. If you are grappling with whether or not you need to call an electrician to set up this protective device, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Without going any further, here’s why you should seek lightning rod installation services sooner rather than later:

1) It ensures the safety of a building’s occupants

Human fatalities can occur anywhere from 42 volts, and a bolt of lightning can hold electricity charge well over that figure. While the majority of the people who have had the misfortune of getting caught up in a strike have survived, they have done so with extensive neurological damage and often gaping physical injuries. While this device doesn’t eliminate the likelihood of occurrence, it cushions the lion’s share of the impact, ensuring little to no injuries for those in the target area.

2) It can save you thousands of dollars’ worth of property damage

Lightning rods are of vital importance in electrical service or electronics shops which house high-value equipment whose damage could result in massive losses. However, they are just as important in any other kind of business with valuable goods. Electrical repair accruing from a strike can also be extensive and costly, but a lightning rod can substantially reduce risks by channelling surges to the ground, which would otherwise run through the building and destroy precious accessories. What’s more, it could save your business’ essential data that may otherwise get lost in the process.

3) Lightning can hit the same place twice

You’ve probably heard the urban myth that lightning can’t strike the same place twice, but nothing could be further from the truth. Case in point, the Empire State Building which sees no less than 100 lightning strikes each year and requires regular electrical service maintenance as a result. So if you live in an area that had once in its history been struck by lightning, you can’t rule out the possibility of another occurrence.

4) A lightning rod can help with insurance claims

It is a requirement for some insurance companies, especially in areas deemed to be of extreme risk, that a lightning rod constitutes one of the necessities for monetary claims, or insurance services. Most of the time, this is not the case, but it is also possible that you will receive insurance discounts for having one installed. So, while a lightning rod is all about prevention, it can also be worth the investment in the aftermath of a strike.

It is for these reasons that you should not delay getting a proper lightning rod installation service from a certified and credible electrician. While the chances of getting hit by lightning remain relatively low, there has been an increase in the number of incidents since 2015. A strike comes with significant electrical repair costs – not forgetting risks to the lives of those caught up in it. So just as you wouldn’t drive your car without wearing your seatbelt, so should you not live or do business in a building without proper lightning protection.

You can contact us if you are looking for an electrician to install a lightning rod. Quick Spark provides residential and commercial electrical installation, repair and services all over Australia. Call us now 1300 265 751

Matthew Gladman

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