Preventing a Lightning Disaster Lightning
Protection Systems Save Lives, Homes and Memories
Millions of dollars can dissipate within seconds. Years of memories can be destroyed, and loved ones can be injured. A lightning strike can start fires, destroy equipment, take out electrical systems, and even end lives. Considered as nature’s second-most common weather-related killer, a study showed that between the years 1990 and 2003, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee had some of the highest rates of fatalities caused by lightning within the United States.1 Lightning damage affects millions of homeowners across the US. North Carolina is one of the top ten states for lightning-related insurance claims; this is due to its location within the thunderstorm hotspot of the Southeast.
For a relatively low cost, one can avoid such big risk seems and gain priceless peace of mind by installing a lightning protection system. Lightning protection systems can divert the destructive energy of the lightning strike safely back into the ground, preventing likely disaster.
A well-designed lightning protection system will take lightning’s unpredictable behavior into consideration. With a strategically installed lightning protection system, air terminals, lightning rods, or surge protections, the chances of intercepting a lightning strike before it hits the property will be significantly increased.
Generally speaking, these systems work by:
1) intercepting the strike and preventing it from hitting the building;
2) providing multiple paths for the lightning current to follow to the ground;
3) safely sending the currents into the earth away from the structure; and
4) preventing currents from entering the building through power or telecommunication lines.
A lightning protection system needs to be properly and strategically installed; otherwise, it may not adequately protect the building from lightning damage. We highly recommend hiring a certified and trustworthy lightning rod installer to set up your lightning protection system.
By taking such simple steps, your property and valuable electrical equipment would be much safer and you would feel more confident about your home or building’s ability to withstand an unpredictable, destructive force of nature. If you could easily prevent a disaster, why wouldn’t you?