Lightning strikes do millions of damage every year

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Oct 11, 2011

Lightning According to NFPA's research report in an online NFPA Journal exclusive, Lightning Fires and Lightning Strikes, fires caused by lightning strikes are responsible for an average of 12 civilian deaths, 47 civilian injuries, and $407 million in property damage every year. Wildfires are no exception.  

"Even though lightning fires represent a relatively small slice of the overall fire problem, the numbers are still quite large," says Ben Evarts, the study's author. "This is important for people to know, since lightning is frequently used in everyday conversation to reference something that is unlikely, when in fact, it's quite common."

Read more about the dangers lightning strikes can have on our environment, our homes and people, and find out how to protect yourself when lightning threatens your area.