SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A line of severe thunderstorms passed through western Massachusetts Tuesday night bringing heavy rains, gusty winds and lots of lightning.
If that lightning hits your home it can cause damage to electronic equipment and electrical systems and it can also start a fire.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is looking into whether lightning was the possible cause of a house fire on Springfield Street in Agawam Tuesday night.
“My mom taught me when I was little you should always unplug fans and air conditioners to avoid any electrical problems with lightning strikes and stay off the telephone,” said Tara Temple of Springfield.
“Got surge protectors that cover a lot of stuff,” said John Pearson of Feeding Hills.
While there are some steps you can take, a lightning protection system can offer added protection from a lightning strike.
Aluminum or copper lightning rods are installed on your roof and are connected to aluminum cables that take the electricity around the home and into the ground instead of into your house.
It’s also very important to remember how dangerous lightning can be when you’re outside. You can be struck by lightning 10 miles away so the best advice is when you hear thunder, go indoors.
You should stay away from open fields and do not seek shelter underneath a tree. The metal cage of your car will provide protection but make sure you have the windows rolled up.
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