Although it doesn’t get the same attention as Florida’s other natural disasters, lightning damage led to more than 10,000 insurance claims in Florida over the past year. Florida ranks first in the nation for both injuries caused by lightning strikes and insurance claims caused by lightning related damage. The estimated total property damage caused by lightning over the past year in Florida was nearly 74 million dollars.
Although it is impossible to predict when and where lightning will strike, it is possible to reduce the risk of lightning damage. By installing a lightning protection system, you can essentially “ground” your property and thereby allow the damaging lightning to dissipate into the ground. Although such systems are not perfectly reliable, they do lessen the risk of damage to your property by keeping the electricity away from the building materials which can’t handle the full force of the lightning. Many experts also recommend the installation of lightning rods and the use of surge protectors on any electronics.
Even with such precautions, it only takes one direct lightning strike for your entire structure to go up in flames. As always, it is important to verify that you have the appropriate property insurance coverage to protect you in case Mother Nature decides to pay your house a visit. Should you have questions regarding what coverage may be available under your property insurance policy, contact an experienced insurance claims attorney and discuss what options are available to you under your insurance policy.