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Help protect your home from lightning strikes

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Rubin Jordan, Assistant Fire Chief Rubin Jordan, Assistant Fire Chief
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Fire officials are reminding you to stay alert for lightning from storms as the summer season officially begins Saturday.

Storms that produce lightning are common this time of year. The Albany Fire Department has already responded to four fires that were ignited by lightning strikes this year. 

Albany Fire officials say there's not much you can do to keep lightning from hitting your home, but there are things you can do to better protect them.

 "There's really not too much you can do with Mother Nature," said Rubin Jordan, Assistant Fire Chief. "You could just pray and hope that it doesn't strike, but some things you can do around the house is put in surge protectors."

You can also trim tall trees close to your home, install smoke detectors and put a lightning rod outside. 

This year's Lightning Safety Awareness Week starts on Monday.

According to State Farm, Georgia led the nation in claims resulting from lightening in 2013 with nearly $15 million paid out:

 

State Ranking

   Claims

Amount Paid

 

1 Georgia

2,969

$14,866,110

2 Texas

1,600

$13,497,450

3 Louisiana

1,472

$5,743,283

4 Alabama

1,448

$9,704,468

5 Illinois

1,203

$7,994,618

6 Tennessee

1,050

$5,649,955

7 No. Carolina

1,044

$6,227,875

8 Florida

914

$6,371,339

9 Missouri

903

$3,915,683

10 So. Carolina

896

$5,156,777

 

 

 

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