CHELCO customers: Beware of lightning rod scam

Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

If someone claiming to work for CHELCO comes to your home to install a lightning rod, you should know that they are not a CHELCO representative and likely are perpetrating a scam, according to the electric cooperative's spokesperson.

Incidents involving individuals who charged utility customers as much as $8,000 for a lightning rod have been reported.

With thunderstorms occurring almost daily, many residents have experienced power surges associated with lightning strikes. CHELCO offers two kinds of surge protection: meter-based protection, designed to protect motor driven appliances and point-of-use protection, designed for electronics.

However, CHELCO does not install lightning rods. 

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