Direct Strike Lightning Protection systems use a network of air terminals, bonding conductors, and ground electrodes to ensure that potential strikes will have a path to ground with a low impedance. Structures are protected from lightning damage by lightning protection systems.
Direct Strike Lightning Protection is an important investment and safety item for any type of building. Lightning can strike buildings, antennas, and other artificial structures without warning or reason due to its unpredictable nature. Increasingly complex and sophisticated equipment is being used within buildings (computer systems, electrical and telecommunication systems) resulting in lightning strikes that can cause damage to both the equipment and systems inside the building and also to businesses faced with lost revenue and inability to insure these systems and equipment.
Lightning rods definitely don’t attract lightning! Lightning protection systems simply intercept a lightning strike, discharging the dangerous electricity to the ground.
The Direct Strike Lightning Protection provides a means by which this discharge may enter or leave the earth without passing through and damaging non-conductive parts of the structure, such as wood, brick, tile, or concrete. By providing a low resistance path for the discharge of lightning energy, a Direct Strike Lightning Protection system provides a means for controlling lightning and preventing property damage.
Lightning-caused fires can be prevented, and the cost of installing lightning protection systems are well worth it for home owners. Lightning activity is at its highest during the summer, experts say. Lightning’s electrical energy must be transferred to the ground without causing power surges or fires. The damage or injury caused by lightning strikes can take many different forms. Fires, explosions, chemical releases, and mechanical disruption may result from lightning strikes (or even electrical discharges caused by nearby lightning). Weather hazards such as lightning are most common. It is recommended to install a lightning rod if you live in a tall home, have trees taller than your home less than 10 feet away from your house, or live in an area where lightning strikes are common.