‘Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it’s lightning that does the work’ – Mark Twain
Lightning is terrifying and mysterious – scientist still can’t answer all the questions. But it serves a purpose. These magnificent electromagnetic discharges recharge the Earth’s battery by keeping the ground flush with negative electric charge while maintaining the ionosphere’s positive charge.
But lightning is dangerous. An average bolt of lightning carries approx. 20,000 amperes of charge; one can well imagine the amount of damage a pulse can do!
Such a severe natural electrical force often leads to extensive thermal and physical damage whether it’s a direct strike and one occurring close-by. Besides the property damage and danger to delicate equipment and potential for serious injury, lightning strikes can bring a major disruption in our ability to serve the public. Radio and telecommunications systems damage is the most frequent cause of loss, followed by damage to computers.
In the US, lightning strikes about 25 million times a year. Although fascinating to watch, you should never be outside during a thunderstorm. You don’t even need to have a storm right over your head to be in the danger zone, it can strike many miles from the heart of a storm. If you are hearing the thunder, you are close enough to be struck.
Lightning damage is more extensive than what you can initially see. For example, when lightning hits your facility, it creates a power surge and this surge runs through your facility and damages everything plugged into the outlets. Secondly, it has the potential to start a fire and thirdly, the sound that lightning creates – shock wave. It has the potential to blow plastered walls, break the glass and even crack foundations.
Lightning damage to a million dollar facility can have a lofty price tag, so installing a lightning protection system from LEC is a smart move.
Don’t let lightning damage your property. Contact us. As our name suggests – Lightning Eliminator’s & Consultant Inc. – We design, manufacture, install and maintain the best solutions to eliminate lightning from striking the protected area.
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