Facts About Lightning Fires
Did you know that lightning fires peak in the summer months? It's the beginning of July and summer is in full swing.
We're back on the blog to share some great information from the National Fire Protection Association.
Here are some facts that you may not have known:
- During 2007-2011, U.S. local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning. These fires caused an average of nine civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries, and $451 million in direct property damage per year.
- Only 19% of reported lightning fires occurred in homes, but these accounted for 86% of the associated lightning fire civilian deaths, 76% of the associated injuries and 68% of the direct property damage.
- Almost two-thirds of the lightning fires reported to local fire departments were outside vegetation fires.
Fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening.
Stay safe this summer but if disaster strikes your home or business, we're here to help 24/7.