Month: August 2016

Georgia Leads Nation in Lightning Claims

For the past several years, Georgia has had the most claims on insurance for lightning protection damage, according to State Farm spokesman¬†Justin Tomczak. “This is the third year in a row that Georgia has been ranked number one,” Tomczak said.¬†Florida has the most deaths in the United States per year, as well as the highest strike density, but the state of Georgia beats them by a significant amount. In fact, Florida doesn’t even come up on the list of top 5. Here is State Farms’ list of claims by state for lightning damage:

 

National Claims Statistics

Nationwide, lightning strikes cost about $674 million in homeowners insurance losses in 2013, down 30.5 percent from 2012, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

From 2007 to 2011, local fire departments across the country responded to an average of 22,600 fires a year that were started by lightning, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

These fires caused an average of $451 million in direct property damage and nine civilian deaths per year, an NFPA analysis shows.

Lightning strikes the Southeast region of the United States the most, which is why you can see these claims stacking up in this area. The reason Georgia is the number one state for claims because of the population. The Atlanta Metro alone has a population of 5.6 million people.

Most of these claims are due to power surges, or lightning strikes going from the ground into a house and overloading a circuit breaker. This can cause damage to TV’s and HVAC units. Some, though, are claims on an entire house that has been burned down.

Since BASE Lightning Protection is a proud southern company, all of these states are well within our territory. We would be happy to install a lightning protection system on your facility or home.

Georgia has a high strike density – the density in which lightning strikes a particular area. Florida is the only state that gets struck more than Georgia. Most people don’t think about it though; they think, “Surely it won’t happen to me,” or, “Well, that doesn’t really happen around here.” If you’re on the west coast, you may be correct, but here in the Atlanta Metro area, that definitely is not the case. Here is a video of a house that was burned right where we are headquartered in Marietta, Georgia.

WSBTV Marietta house fire video

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