When Lightning Strikes: Count on Your Roof for Protection

We all know lightning can be dangerous as it can deliver an electrostatic discharge with a staggering amount of 100 million volts! With this much power, it can cause severe damage to structures such as buildings and houses. In fact, there is average of about 4,400 house fires each year across the US blamed to lightning strikes.

In Florida, especially during summers, lightning strikes are quite common. Wtsp.com reports:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Florida is known for being the deadliest state in the country for lightning strikes – and 2014 has been no exception.

The Tampa Tribune reports four people in Florida have been fatally struck so far this year.

That’s the same number as in the rest of the entire nation, according to the National Weather Service.

Summer is the peak season for lightning, and nationwide, 51 people on average are killed each year while hundreds more suffer severe injuries.

Overall the number of lightning fatalities appears to be on the decline and this year an anomaly. There were four lightning deaths in Florida in all of 2013.

Weather Service meteorologists say there are about 1.45 million lightning strikes in Florida each year.

Because of the high probability of lightning, you should always make sure that your home is protected should this some kind of electric menace strikes. By installing fire-resistant Tampa roofing, for instance, you can considerably lessen the risk of your house catching fire during lightning storms.

If you are planning to invest in high-quality, fire-resistant roofs, contact the most trusted and multi-awarded Tampa roofer, Arry’s Roofing Services Inc. With more than 25 years of experience and with tens of thousands of satisfied customers served, we can assure you that your roofs are properly installed. We want them to be tough and durable to tolerate Tampa’s harsh weather conditions. Just give us a ring and we’ll make sure that you are installed with a kind of roof that can help protect you from lightning strikes.

(Article Excerpt from Florida still deadliest state for lightning strikes, wtsp.com, July 6, 2014)