Watching a lightning storm can be very fascinating, but it does fill some people with terror. The odds of you to be hit by a lightning strike is about one in 13,000. This should reassure you that you are very unlikely to be hit by lightning. This doesn’t mean that lightning doesn’t pose a threat to you, however. A lightning strike on or near your house could do significant damage, and even cause a fire. While most modern homes are equipped with a lightning rod, which will lead the energy from a lightning strike safely to the ground, the same isn’t true for trees and other tall objects around your home. A tree hit by lightning could catch fire which then could spread to your home, or it could splinter and fall over and crash into your home, damaging it severely.

You should make sure that any valuable electronics you have in your home are unplugged during a lightning storm to protect them from damaging surges.