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 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 pack electricity well over that figure. While the majority of the people who have had the ill fate of getting caught up in a strike have survived, they have done so with extensive neurological damage and 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 nip that in the bud 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 would 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 an area that had once in its history been struck by lightning, you can't rule off 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 such entities deem to be of extreme risk, that a lightning rod constitutes one of the preliminaries for monetary claims or free electrical services. Most of the time that's not usually the case, but over the years it has also come to light that you can get massive discounts for having one installed. So while a lightning rod is all about prevention, it can come to your aid as well in the aftermath of a strike.

It is for these reasons that you should not delay getting proper lightning rod installation services 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 risk to the lives of those caught up in it. So just like you wouldn't drive your car without wearing your seat belt, so should you not live or do business in a building without 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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