In addition to direct strikes, lightning generates electrical surges that can damage electronic equipment some distance from the actual strike. Typical surge protectors will NOT protect equipment from a lightning strike. To the extent possible, unplug any appliances or electronic equipment from all conductors well before a thunderstorm threatens. This includes not only the electrical system, but also the reception system. If you plan to be away from your home when thunderstorms are possible, be sure to unplug unneeded equipment before you leave.
A blocked chimney can cause combustion by-products to leak into your home, and that is very dangerous to your health. Take few moments each fall to inspect your chimney. If you notice evidence of chimney deterioration, contact a qualified chimney expert right away for corrective repairs.