Lightning & Lightning Rod Information
DOES LIGHTNING PROTECTION REALLY WORK?
Absolutely! The National Fire Protection Association has maintained a standard for Lightning Protection for over 100 years. This standard is updated every three years or so to incorporate new findings. NASA, The FAA, Department of Defense and the Department of Energy typically install Lightning Protection on any new structure they build. There was even a federal report issued in 2004 that reviewed the technical validity of Lightning Protection Systems and concluded they were critical to protecting our national infrastructure. The American Meteorological Society issued a similar report in 2003.
- There was an annual average of $859,000,000 in lightning-related homeowners insurance claims from 2010-2015
- 1 out of 200 Homes are struck by Lightning every year.
- Damage from a lightning strike can be as small as an appliance getting damaged or as severe as a fire causing a total loss of a structure.
- Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times per second.
- A single bolt of lightning can carry over 30 million volts of electricity.
- Any building in the Northeast United States can expect around 10-20 strikes per year near their property.
- Lightning can rip through roofs, explode brick and concrete and ignite fires.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO’S AND DON’TS FOR LIGHTNING SAFETY
Courtesy of the Lightning Protection Association.
Seek shelter in a protected home or building.
Avoid open fields or high terrain. If you are caught in the middle of a field and you feel your hair standing on end, squat down, put your hands on your knees and tuck your head down between your knees. Do not lie down or put your hands to the ground.
You should avoid areas such as lakes, beaches, boats, machinery, golf carts, motorcycles or bicycles. If at all possible, you should take shelter in a low-lying area or an automobile.
To avoid dangerous side flashes, you should stay away from trees, fences and power lines.
At home, you should avoid the telephone and other electronic appliances. Also, stay away from open doors or windows and all metal objects.