• Do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
  • Stay away from electrical appliances, TVs, fireplaces, metal objects, windows or doors.
  • When there is lightning nearby, seek shelter immediately in an enclosed building or vehicle.
  • If you cannot find shelter, find a low lying area, crouch down with feet together and hands on your knees until the storm is over.
  • Avoid isolated trees, high ground, bodies of water or large open areas.
  • If someone is injured, administer first aid if you are qualified to do so, and call for emergency help. You cannot be "shocked" by someone who has been hit by lightning.


Lightning is the visible release of electrical energy. It is often accompanied by thunder -- which is created by the same  discharge energy. This  energy looks for a path to ground -- this could be you, your home, your trees, etc.

  • A lightning protection system allows lightning to follow a  direct path to the ground and helps diminish or prevent destruction as it travels.  The  system does not attract or prevent the lightning from striking; it merely provides direction for the current to safely follow. 
  • A lightning protection system should only be installed by a qualified contractor. 

 How do you know if you should have a lightning protection program?

You are considered at moderate risk if you have at least 3 of the following items.  The more items you have; the greater your risk.

  •   previous lightning damage.
  • location is  isolated and/or open area.
  • location is on top of a hill or prominent area.
  • Tall trees overhanging roof or standing nearby.
  • Metal wood burning chimney.
  • Brick or stone chimney.
  • Metal ridge vent.
  • Aluminum siding.
  •   Electrical panel has no surge protection
  • Incoming phone lines. has no  surge protection 
  • Has computer, solid state TV, or stereo system.
  • Is located in an area that has more than 30 thunderstorm days per year.
    Is located in an area where neighbors have had lightning damage.