Lightning Safety Week: Protect your home

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - It is summertime in the Sunshine State, and that means daily thunderstorms with lots of lightning. This week is Lightning Safety and Awareness Week, so we want to make sure you are prepared.

And, while you may know how to protect yourself, you may not know there is protection out there also for your property. If lightning strikes your house, it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. "We live in the lightning capital of the world," said Patrick Dillon, owner of Bonded Lightning Protection. "We see homes and businesses that get damaged by lightning every single day - especially now in the summertime."

Dillon works to make sure that doesn't happen. His company installs equipment for homes and businesses, so if lightning strikes, the structure won't go up in flames. "The way it works is you get a series of our terminals, conductor and ground rods. And once that's put on the commercial property or the residence, lightning hits the air terminal and the lightning protection system gives it a safe and conductive path to ground without doing any damage to your property."

Dillon says it first starts with a survey, and then recommendations. If the home or business owner wants to move forward, a time is scheduled. Then, for the average home, it takes about one to two days to install the system. The price for an average home is $1.50 per square foot. It's an insurance of sorts since you never know with Mother Nature. "It gives people security and piece of mind that their properties will be safe and protected whether they're there or not there."