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Tips to protect your home from lightning

Lighting is a powerful and dangerous natural force. If a storm kicks up, knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death.

There are things you can do to help protect your home against lightning strikes including, installing a grounding rod or a lightning rod.

Lightning rods sit on top of your home or business. Should lightning strike near your property it would be drawn to the rod  and provide a path to the ground instead of through your house and its wiring.

The fire marshal for Colonial Heights, Lt. Joe Boisseau,  stresses having an updated electrical system and the importance of using surge protectors for your appliances.

"If there's a lightning strike or spike in electrical current it prevents it from coming back into your appliances, so it would hopefully protect your expensive TV, DVD, microwave," said Boisseau.

Fire investigators suggest all homeowners and renters have insurance just in case the unexpected becomes a reality.

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