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That's according to an article by Bloomberg News.
The Institute reports that lightning strikes cost insurance companies an average of $5,112 a claim last year; it was $4.846 in 2010. The reason is that homes now have more electronics devices such as big-screen HDTVs and iPads, which can be damaged by surges caused by lightning strikes.
“Plasma and High-Definition
television sets, home entertainment centers, multiple computer
households, smart phones, gaming systems and other expensive
devices -- which can all be destroyed by power surges --
continue to have a significant impact on claims losses,” the
III's Loretta Worters said in a statement.
The group urges homeowners to install lightning protection, such as surge protectors, for expensive items like TVs and satellite lines.
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