People make the best case for lightning protection and grounding systems as code-enforced life-safety systems.
Over the last two decades lightning is second only to floods for deadly weather. Nearly 10% of all those struck, die.
The safest place in any lightning event is within a structure protected by a properly designed, installed, and inspected lightning protection system.
Lightning injury manifests in a variety of life-threatening occurrences. In every instance the property owner is potentially liable.
Electronic Infrastructure (EI) is the term we use. No single phrase describes all the systems within a structure dependent upon electrical supply.
The consequences of systems failure range from inconvenient to irreparable.
High fatality rates.
Victim touching object when struck.
Lightning current jumps from taller, struck object to nearby victim.
Electrical fires begin anywhere and travel quickly.
Nearly $1 billion in lightning claims was paid out in 2018 to almost 78,000 policy holders.