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Home & Business Lightning Detection Systems
Protect your home & your business and know when lighting is coming.
South African homes and businesses sustain milllions of Rands of damages every year due to lightning strikes. If you have a proper lightning detection warning system you will know when its time to shut down and unplug your valuable electronic devices and also when to get you, your children or staff to safety.
South Africa is well known for electrical storms and lightning. However beautiful this might be at times, it also presents a deadly and very real threat to those caught in the open.
According to the South African Weather Service, approximately 260 people are killed by lightning in South Africa each year.It’s not always possible to predict where and when lightning will strike, but here are some tips that will hopefully keep you, your family and possessions safe when the inevitable lightning activity happens.
Almost all insurance-related queries received by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) are lightning related.
Lightning-related deaths in South Africa account for an average of between 1.5 and 8.8 per million of the population, which is said to be about four times higher than the global average. Insurance claims in South Africa as a result of lightning amount to more than R500 million per year.
How a lightning warning system will benefit your home or business?
- Know when to unplug electrical devices
- Know when its no longer safe for your children to be outside
- Know when its no longer safe for your staff to be outside
- Know how far away the lighting is and if its coming closer or moving away
- Know when lightning is already 40 kilometres away
A Talos lightning protector is the ultimate fixed and portable lightning warning system for your home or office.
Almost all insurance-related queries received by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) are lightning related. During the 2010/2011 financial year, 2103 insurance queries for lightning verification were received by the Climate Information section at the SAWS. These queries made up 72% of all commercial enquiries received by the section.
There is no organized data for lightning casualties that covers all of Africa, but a 2018 study of eight countries put the number of deaths at about 500 per year. Globally, estimates range from 6,000 to 24,000 deaths per year.
Research data shows that lightning is one of the biggest weather-related killers in the world. In South Africa, more than 250 people are killed annually by lightning, whereas 24 000 people worldwide die each year. Thousands more are injured, and millions are spent on related insurance claims.
According to Rowland Ramalingam, Head of Non-Motor Claims at Santam, the company has paid out some R158 million in special perils and storm claims for the year up until April 2021.Ramalingam also notes that of the 3 055 lightening damage claims submitted up until the end of April 2021, an estimated R47 million has been paid out. That’s an average of about R15 385 per claim. This is a marked increase when compared to the 6 436 claims submitted in 2020 for a total value of R79 million, with an average of R12 275 per claim.
Surge protection is absolutely essential to any home and business in lightning prone areas. Installing a surge protector or lightning arrester will give you peace of mind during a storm and help prevent damage, suggests Santam.It is also a good idea to get an electrician to check your wiring system regularly. And it could also save you money.
Know when lightning is coming !!!!
Your best solution is a Talos lightning detector which will alert you when lightning is up to 40 kilometres away, this will give you ample time to protect your home, office, staff and children.