Some people are deathly afraid of lightning, but in reality, the chances of being hit by lightning are very low. In the US there are just a few dozen cases annually, but lightning strikes are the cause of a lot of damage still. As a homeowner, you should be concerned with the damage that lightning could do to your home since there are a few things that could result from a strike, even if it isn’t hitting your home directly. One thing to keep in mind is that your electronics could be damaged even from a strike that is very far from your home. This is why it is a good idea to unplug electronics when there is a lightning storm approaching, as well as avoid using a corded telephone. If you have a surge protector for your sensitive electronics, this can protect them, but only if it is plugged into a properly grounded receptacle.
If you live in an area where there are frequent lightning storms, it is a good idea to control the growth of trees and brush around your home, since fire started from a lightning strike to a tree easily could spread to your home.