Lightning Protection Systems


Lightning Protection Systems

Lightning protection systems are get protection electrical devices installed on buildings or on the outside of structures that are vulnerable to lightning strikes. These systems prevent strikes by providing a low-resistance path for lightning energy to escape through. The energy is directed down a heavy metal cable to a grounded rod buried in the ground. As a result, lightning strikes are less likely to damage these structures or electrical equipment. A good system will reduce damage and prevent future damage.

The best lightning protection system will include proper placement of air terminals, cable and ground, and bonding. Using surge protective devices can help protect electrical systems and equipment from surges that can destroy critical equipment. It is recommended that you purchase a comprehensive Lightning Protection System with an integrated approach to prevent lightning from damaging your property. The standards set by the National Fire Protection Agency NFPA and the Underwriters Laboratory have different strengths and weaknesses.

A comprehensive risk analysis is essential when deciding on a lightning protection system. A good system will protect people, property and assets. Loss of life, production, public service, cultural heritage, and economic value are all potential losses resulting from a lightning strike. NFPA 780 and the International Electrotechnical Commission provide guidelines for lightning protection. The LEC recommends an integrated approach to ensure maximum safety. The LEC is happy to provide a complimentary risk assessment.

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