How do I protect my house from lightning?

The lowcountry experiences frequent thunderstorms, especially in the summer months. According to the National Weather service, central and southern south Carolina average 50 to 70 days with thunderstorms each year with approximately 395,962 lightning hits to the ground. South Carolina is ranked 12th in the nation in the number of lightning hits to the ground. 
“Home and business owners needn’t take their chances with lightning,” explains Bud Van Sickle, executive director of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “A professionally installed lightning protection system which meets U.S safety standards...will prevent lightning damage by providing a safe electrical path into the earth.” 

While lightning protection system can be installed at any time, it is best to install it during new construction because it is easy to hide the cable conductors in the walls. The costs vary depending on the size and complexity of the building. Van Sickle estimates that the system will cost about one percent of the building’s total construction cost. The costs can be offset with potential home insurance savings and the peace of mind that your home is safe from lightning.