Lightning Protection for Missouri Farms and Homes
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The National Board of Fire Underwriters reports that lightning is the chief cause of farm fires. Thirty-seven percent of fires resulting from known causes are started by lightning. Each year lightning kills 400 people, injures 1,000 and damages two million dollars worth of property in the United States. In the five largest Missouri cities, we can expect an average of 61 thunderstorm days per year, according to the U. S. Department of Commerce weather data. Therefore, we can expect lightning to occur somewhere in Missouri on about one out of every six days. This guide will help explain the nature of lightning and how to provide protection for your family, livestock and property.
Archive version. For the most recent information see extension.missouri.edu.