Lightning strikes the ground in El Paso and Las Animas Counties more than anywhere else in the state. Is your house at risk?
Seth Allen knows lightning dangers first-hand. What are the odds that his house would get struck twice last summer. "It did some damage, including damage to our furnace. A fuse blew out." His tree was also hit and that was pretty much the deciding factor for him to invest into a lightning protection system. He has 14 rods sticking up from his roof. "The system is air terminals and you can see them sticking up over the house. They are intertwined with cable that leads to ground rods," Gary Klatt with Lightening Tech says. “If the system is installed properly, it's 99.8% effective. It supplies you with a shell over your house. The lightning doesn't go through your house, but it provides a low resistance path over the house and into ground."
It's the kind of peace of mind that Allen needed. He didn't want to find out if his house could be struck a third time. "There will be times where I feel more secure and protected from the system."
A lightening protective system can range from 800 bucks to a few thousand. Just last year, there were 10 houses that started on fire in Colorado Springs because of lightning.
For more information on how to stay safe during a thunderstorm, check out theLightning Safety Tips from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management