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- A single bolt of lightning can carry over 30 million volts of electricity.
- Lightning can rip through roofs, shatter brick and concrete, and ignite fires.
- During 2004 to 2008, U.S. local fire departments responded to an average of 24,600 fires per year that were started by lighting, according to an analysis by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Plug-in surge suppressors provide a level protection for your computers, electronic equipment and appliances from a lightning surge, but they don’t protect your house from a direct lightning strike.