Lightning is the thing you see. Thunder is the thing you hear. Now that we’ve cleared that up, here are a few things you probably didn’t know about lightning.
- Lightning never strikes twice? Really?
“Lightning never strikes twice in the same place” is a popular saying to mean that a rare or unusual event is unlikely to happen to the same person more than once. This is actually not true if you have witnessed thunderstorms before as you would likely have seen a tower or tall building struck multiple times during the same event.
- Lightning is not attracted to metal
Despite what you may have believed, lightning is actually attracted to the tallest object around. This is the reason why you shouldn’t be out in an open field or a lake when there is a possibility of a thunderstorm because you may just be the tallest object.
- Malaysia is the country with the world’s 3rd most lightning strikes
Our country’s location near the equator and having a tropical climate, the country averages 180-260 days of thunderstorms. In Malaysia, 132 deaths were recorded over a 10-year period up till August 2019.
When lightning strikes a house or any other unprotected dwellings a couple of common hazards can occur:
- Fire is the primary danger when lightning strikes where contact with flammable materials or building structures can be ignited. As lightning current passes through wiring, it will heat up drastically, thereby possibly causing ignition.
- When lightning passes through your property’s electrical wiring, the power surge will damage any electrical and electronics that are plugged in, whether they are operating or not.
A great home insurance can provide mortgage loan protection of up to RM30k or 6 months loan repayment in the event your home becomes inhabitable from a fire caused by lightning. Also consider taking up protection for its contents including electrical appliances, electronics, and even your autogate from lightning damages.
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