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Small Houses... Big Risks

The risk of lightning damage to tiny homes is not diminished by their reduced scale.

Tiny homes are gaining in popularity as a way to reduce the cost of home ownership. Yet the risk of lightning damage is not diminished by their reduced scale. Residents and guests remain vulnerable to injury and death, the structure can burn or be damaged. And computers, TVs, and other valuable electronics can be destroyed.

Tiny vacation homes are especially at risk since they are often located on exposed hilltops and beaches, far away from fire departments and first responders. Like many small houses, this one was built offsite (note skid foundation). The tiny home construction crew/builder, however, did not take unnecessary chances with severe weather; the structure has hold-down cables against strong winds and a professionally-installed lightning protection system.

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