Lightning strikes have caused several house fires in western Massachusetts just in the last few weeks.
Just in the last day, house fires in Easthampton and Turners Falls were sparked by lightning striking homes.
While this doesn’t happen very often, there are ways to prevent it.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Westfield told 22News this time of year with spring and summer storms, your house getting struck by lightning isn’t completely uncommon. Rocky’s said in the last few weeks they’ve had numerous customers preparing for the weather with lightning rods to protect their home in case it does get struck.
“If your house does get struck by lightning, without it, it’s pretty much going to through your house, fry your circuits, circuit breakers and all that, and then it’s gonna cause a lot of damage to the house, burns,” Rocky’s Nicholas Rempp told 22News. “The idea of the copper is rather than going through your house, it channels the electricity to go straight to the ground.”
Rocky’s said they sell copper lightning rods for less than twenty dollars, and they can be installed on the roof or chimney to channel the electricity should your house be struck.
Rocky’s said people can install the rods themselves, but a professional could best pinpoint where the rod should be placed.