Since 2001, National Lightning Safety Awareness Week has drawn attention to what the National Lightning Safety Council calls the “underrated killer.” Lightning has earned its fierce reputation.
The distinction between lightning safety and lightning protection systems is an important one. Lightning safety includes individual actions like sheltering during storms. Lightning protection systems address a structure’s total exposure, including data and electronic infrastructure that is dependent upon uninterrupted electrical supply.
In addition to needless liability, structures not equipped with lightning protection systems expose property owners and occupants to:
Lightning rods are only one element in a complete system.
Professionally designed, installed, inspected and certified lightning protection and grounding systems are the final component systems in best-practiced electrical construction and structure envelope design.
Feature image courtesy of Commercial Lightning Protection.