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Lightning strikes: ways to keep your home safe

Hole from lightning strike conducted by pine tree Hole from lightning strike conducted by pine tree

Large trees are common in yards of homes across South Georgia. They're attractive, but can pose dangers when it comes to lightning strikes.

In Leesburg, a pine tree was struck by lightning and fell into the side of a home.

Lee Harper owns Harper Tree Services and has seen just how much damage a lightning strike can have.

"Lightning will follow down the tree and follow the roots and go inside. It will travel into the sprinkler systems or your sewage lines," said Harper.

He says you can prevent a lot of damage if you invest in a lightning rod system that lowers the sensitivity of static to your home.

An alternative to a lightning rod is to remove the trees close to a home.

"Get rid of the taller trees from around the house. The last one we went on the lightning followed the roots into the house and blew the wall out." recalls Harper.

Lightning rod systems can cost around $2,000.

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