As we approach the very high temperatures and continuous humidity of the summer months in Toronto, we’re often on the verge of a powerful thunderstorm. While these can be a welcome break from the heat and fun to watch, they also have the potential to damage your home with lightning.
Lightning causes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to homes every year in North America, with hundreds of thousands of property insurance claims. To protect yourself, make sure you:
Have a surge protector on your main electrical breaker. Without one, any electrical connection in your home can route the energy from lightning and ruin the devices plugged in or injure anyone using them at the time.
Unplug electrical devices during a lightning storm. This is the best way to protect them, but you can also install a lightning rod on the top of your home to prevent lightning striking elsewhere.
Add a transient voltage surge suppressor to any devices you have. Some already have them (look for MOVs on the label) but these are a type of built-in surge protection for electronics.