When Lightning Strikes, Think Twice!
There are two types of people: those who enjoy watching lightning, and those who hide under their bed until the storm has passed. Whichever type you are, it is important to take precautions before the storm to keep you and your property safe.
Lightning can reach temperatures of 53,500 degrees Fahrenheit. This poses a great threat for a potential fire. In the event that your home is struck by lightning, gather everyone inside and immediately evacuate the premises. Once you are outside, use your cell phone or a neighbors phone to contact the fire department. They will inspect your home for any trace of fire.
At our 24-hour Security Command Center, we have a monitor dedicated to The Weather Channel. When there are reports of storms in the area, we add additional staff in anticipation of an increased volume of signals, especially low batteries, due to power outages.
Proper grounding is essential in protecting your system from electrical damage. The only way to ensure that your system is properly grounded is to have a licensed technician install your security system. If you are thinking about installing a monitored security system for your home, be sure and do your homework. Some security companies go through loopholes to hire unlicensed technicians. At American Alarm, we do things right. Our electricians and technicians receive intensive training, background checks, and obtain all the necessary certifications and licenses before they enter your home.
If you are concerned about your alarm system potentially getting damaged in an electrical storm, our sales team recommends investing in surge suppressors. A surge suppressor will work to minimize damage to your electronics if your home is struck by lightning. These suppressors are inexpensive and could potentially end up saving you thousands of dollars.
If you believe your system was damaged, please contact our Service Department. One of our experienced technicians will come out to assess the damage, and help get your system back up and running as soon as possible!