Lightning damage is the most striking in Texas, at least for the insurance industry.  It is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous weather phenomena.  It can strike without warning, causing significant damage to property.

The average claim in the state was $10,671 last year, the Insurance Information Institute said in a statement.  That’s the highest figure among the 10 states with the most claims, and 44 percent more than the national average.

Being aware of the weather is the number one safety tip when it comes to lighting. Lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from a developing storm, so even if you don't see dark clouds, you could still be in danger. Consider installing a lightning rod on your home. This will draw the lightning to the rod instead of your house, which could save your home from damage or even fire.

If you have active lighting going on around you, make sure to unplug all of your electronics as well. Electronics like TVs, computers, gaming systems, appliances are all potential hazards if lightning hits. Investing in surge-protected power strips is a good preventative measure that will give you peace of mind.

With proper preparation, you can protect yourself and your property from the dangers of lightning.

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