WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New data released today by Farmers Insurance® shows that homeowners should be prepared for warmer spring temperatures to bring a mix of hazards, including hailstorms, tornadoes and sewer damage.
The Farmers® Seasonal Smarts Digest, generated from Farmers homeowners claims data filed between 2013 and 2016, shows that 39 percent of all claims related to hail occur between March and May. Furthermore, the data shows hail claims are on the rise, with claims increasing on average by 12 percent since 2013.
In fact, there were nearly 5,500 major hail storms in 2015, with April and May alone producing 2,000 storms, according to the Insurance Information Institute.1 Farmers also found that, on average, more than 400 tornadoes occurred annually from 2014 to 2016, with May averaging the most, at nearly 250 tornadoes.2
"March traditionally marks the onset of storm season in many parts of the country and that means everyone needs to be prepared," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience with Farmers Insurance. "Safety and preparedness should be in the forefront of everyone's mind as they prepare for spring this year in addition to home preparation."
Quinn recommends that homeowners in all parts of the country consider taking a few simple steps to help protect their homes against harsh hail and wind storms including:
In addition to hail, nearly 20 percent of claims due to wind or tornado damage occur in spring, as well as 17 percent of all water claims, which includes things like sewer and drain damage, which typically increases due to melting snow coupled with increased rain.
"Spring weather brings on more than just hail and can vary across the country," explains Quinn. "Homeowners need to be prepared for the unexpected, like the potential for sewer and drain issues or even a late season snow which could lead to an ice dam."
Other springtime preventive steps that Quinn suggests for homeowners include:
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips for you to consider, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.
About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest
The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a four-year window (2013 to 2016) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
About Farmers Insurance
"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2016 Fortune 500 list.
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1 Insurance Information Institute: http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/hail
2 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/monthly/newm.html
SOURCE Farmers Insurance