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June 17, 2014

PCI Supports Lightning Safety Awareness Week:
June 22-28, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – As part of the National Weather Service’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is encouraging consumers to take personal precautions to avoid harm and to be aware of the fire risks associated with lightning strikes.

According to the National Weather Service, last year there were a total of 23 fatalities caused by lightning across the country, and 145 more people were seriously injured. Additionally, lightning caused $23.9 million in property damage and ignited wildfires that burned more than 3 million acres of land.

“With the severe drought and lack of rain in states like Oklahoma and Texas, the threat of lightning igniting a wildfire is a considerable possibility, which is why PCI is encouraging homeowners, businesses, and renters to take a few extra minutes to prepare,” said Joe Woods, PCI’s vice president of state government relations.

“Take a few minutes to make a home inventory, talk to your insurer about what’s covered in your insurance policy, have a family evacuation plan, and create a defensible space around your home. These simple steps will help you to be prepared for a natural catastrophe.” 

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007-2011 fire departments responded to an average of 22,600 fires attributed to lightning per year. The same data shows that fires associated with lightning strikes are more common during the summer months,” said Woods.

The National Interagency Fire Center reports more than 4.1 million acres are burned each year by lightning related fires, mostly in the southwest areas that have been forecasted to be under severe wildfire risk. Take steps now to make sure you are prepared.  

PCI Wildfire Tips:

1.    Conduct a yearly insurance review of your insurance policy and limits

2.    Talk with your insurance company or agent about additional coverage

3.    Consider things you can do to reduce damage to your property such as installing a lightning protection system or using surge protectors.

4.    Inventory your household items, and photograph or record them

5.    Update your insurance after home improvements

For more information on the National Weather Service Lightning Safety: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors Campaign-

For more Wildfire Tips Visit PCI Wildfire Headquarters.

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 37 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.