UNDATED (WHTC) Summertime means the possibility of severe weather and lightning can cause some major damage. One misconception many people have is getting under a tree to take shelter from bad weather. It’s always best to seek shelter in a fully enclosed building. In the U.S., twenty-eight deaths were caused by lightning and 85% of the victims were engaged in work or recreation. State Farm Public Affairs Director Angie Rinock says some 30-thousand homes were damaged by lightning last year but even if your house doesn’t catch fire, things inside can be damaged. A whole house surge protector can greatly reduce the risk of damage or fire. Certain locations can be extremely dangerous during thunderstorms. Avoid any open water and if you’re riding a motorcycle, bicycle, farm equipment or golf cart, which are all open to the elements, stop and seek shelter.
Story by: Diane E Coston