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Benefits of a Commercial Lightning Protection System: CT, MA, NY, RI

According to the NFPA, lightning strikes cause $451 million dollars in property damage each year.

Commercial lightning protection systems are designed to protect your business and your assets from the destruction caused by lightning strikes. Each year thousands of buildings and businesses are damaged by lightning strikes. It is estimated that lightning causes more than $5 billion in damage in the USA alone. Commercial lightning protection systems can’t necessarily prevent lightning from happening, but they can make sure that lightning is controlled and doesn’t cause damage.

Lightning strikes can cause considerable damage to commercial buildings and the equipment inside. The most common risks associated with lightning strikes are damage to electronic equipment and fire. Damage to electrical equipment can be devastating to companies that rely on electronics to operate. Not only does the equipment need to be replaced, which can be incredibly expensive, but it can also lead to long downtimes during which the business can’t operate.

It’s clear that commercial lightning protection is something that any business can benefit from. In order to better understand the problem and the risks, it helps to know how lightning and lightning protection works. Lightning is simply an electrostatic discharge that can occur from cloud-to-cloud, inside clouds, and cloud to ground. The problem is when a lightning strike makes direct contact with a building. The ensuing surge of electricity from a lightning strike can spread throughout the building damaging fuses and potentially any electronic devices that were plugged in at the time.

A commercial lightning protection system is able to safely transfer the electrical energy from a lightning strike away from the building and into the ground where it is safely discharged. The purpose of a commercial lightning protection system is not to completely prevent lightning from striking, this isn’t really possible. Rather, the purpose is to provide a path of low resistance for the lightning to travel through without causing damage to the building. The major components of a commercial lightning protection system include lightning rods, conductor cables, and grounding rods.

It is important to make sure that a commercial lightning protection system complies with all codes and standards of the Lightning Protection Institute, National Fire Protection Association, and Underwriters Laboratories and that it is installed by a reputable and certified company, such as Northeast Lightning Protection.


Northeast Lightning Protection has been installing commercial lightning protection systems, including lightning rods in Connecticut (CT), Massachusetts (MA), New York (NY), Rhode Island (RI), New Hampshire (NH) and Vermont (VT), since 1976.

Northeast Lightning Protection, a Connecticut (CT) based lightning protection company, provides the most advanced commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems according to the codes of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 96A, Lightning Protection Institute 175, and National Fire Protection Association 780.

For a free estimate on commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems, contact New England’s #1 lightning protection company, Northeast Lightning Protection.

 

http://www.NortheastLightning.com

Northeast Lightning Protection LLC
10 Peters Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Tel: (860) 243-0010

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Lightning Protection Systems: CT, MA, NY, RI, NH & VT

According to the NFPA, lightning strikes cause $451 million dollars in property damage each year.

Lightning strikes can cause serious damage to homes and buildings, as well as cause injury or even death. Strikes can be hotter than the surface of the sun and can cause fire with heat sensitive materials such as wood. In order to protect people and property, commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems have been developed to guide high voltage strikes away from individuals and electrically sensitive structures and materials.

Lightning Rod or Air Terminal Systems

During a strike, the high voltage always takes the path of least resistance from the air to the ground. Damage results when persons or property are part of this low resistance path. The main piece of any type of lightning protection system is the lightning rod or air terminal. The purpose of the air terminal is to intercept lightning strikes and provide a path to ground. Typically, copper or aluminum air terminals are installed on the roof of the structure and connected to ground electrodes (ground rod) buried in the Earth with conductor cable (wire). Instead of a lightning strike hitting the structure and damaging the people and items inside, the air terminals are hit, and the high voltage travels along the conductor cable and into the earth. This kind of system, known as the Franklin System, can be implemented using one air terminal or several that are connected to form a protective mesh around the structure (Faraday Cage).

Surge Protectors

Structures are also vulnerable from strikes that happen away from the structure and travel along the electrical or telephone lines into the building. A surge protector is a special device placed at electrical connections between the structure and the grid. When high voltage is detected, a switch is tripped, and the electrical equipment is bypassed. The high voltage is instead diverted to the earth via a ground wire instead of traveling into the structure.

Lightning Protection System Maintenance

Care must continue to be given to these lightning protection systems after the initial install, or their effectiveness will be drastically reduced. Air terminals and ground terminals are subject to corrosion which is electrically non-conductive. If either terminal becomes corroded and offers too much electrical resistance, strikes will take an easier path to earth potentially through building or through electrically sensitive equipment. The ground wire also must be periodically checked for breaks or obstructions. Current could arc over or around such a break and possibly find a new path to the earth that travels into the building.


Northeast Lightning Protection has been installing commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems, including lightning rods in Connecticut (CT), Massachusetts (MA), New York (NY), Rhode Island (RI), New Hampshire (NH) and Vermont (VT), since 1976.

Northeast Lightning Protection, a Connecticut (CT) based lightning protection company, provides the most advanced commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems according to the codes of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 96A, Lightning Protection Institute 175, and National Fire Protection Association 780.

For a free estimate on commercial lightning protection systems and home lightning protection systems, contact New England’s #1 lightning protection company, Northeast Lightning Protection.

 

http://www.NortheastLightning.com

Northeast Lightning Protection LLC
10 Peters Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Tel: (860) 243-0010

We Are 5-Star Rated On:
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