How to protect your home, tech gadgets from lightning strikes

Protecting your belongings from lightning strikes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A lightning strike split a tree in half in between two homes on N. Missouri St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Larry Fluegge's car was buried underneath all the branches.

Fluegge said he didn't think Monday night's storm was too bad until he saw what happened to the tree next to his house.

"I finally came out and I looked at it, but the weather wasn't too good so I didn't get out," he said.  "I didn't realize it was even lightning or anything, it's just I heard it."

John Moore lives on the other side of the damaged tree.

He said the lightning strike lit up the sky, and he was relieved to find just minor damage outside.

"Two of my breakers blew and I had to reset those and flip them back, but that's it. No damage or anything inside," Moore said.

Stereo One owner, John Shelby, said if lightning strikes on or near your home, it can cause a kind of electrical chain reaction.

"So, they have a printer for example. That surge comes in through the printer, but that printer is connected to a computer. That computer is connected to that network. That network is connected to everything that is connected to their home," Shelby said.

Shelby also said there are some precautions we can take to protect our homes from lightning damage.

"We can certainly effect the path of that surge that comes into the house with schemes for surge protection for those devices," he said.

Some other circuit protectors Shelby recommended are circuits with surge protectors connected, surge protected extension cords and even getting your entire home surge protected.

Shelby advised anyone interested in getting their home surge protected to contact Stereo One at (573) 334-8645.

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