A lightning flash over
5,000 feet away can destroy electronic circuitry. Your
expensive electronic equipment such as computers, phone
systems, faxes and photocopiers can be a thousand times
more succeptible to lightning damage than most household
appliances like stoves and refrigerators. Circuit breakers,
fuses and other similar devices are not enough to protect
your valuable equipment from lightning strikes.
There are a number of factors that may put
your commercial structure, office building or church at
risk. How many of the following can you answer yes to?
- Previous lightning damage
- Location in an isolated open area
- Adjacent structures/buildings have had lightning
- Location on top of hill or prominent area
- Tall trees overhang roof or nearby
- Structure has chimney or steeple
- Metal ridge vent / roofing / building
- Tall tower nearby (radio, cellular, etc.)
- Location with more than 30 storm days per
Any structure is a candidate for a lightning
strike, but answering yes to any of the above means you
are at a higher risk. These factors should be assesed
so that your entity's buildings, equipment and personnel
are best protected.
When it comes to lightning-related damage,
many insurance companies have no program to mitigate damage,
and instead respond to damage by adjusting rates or cancelling
the policy. Some insurers recommend that you "do something"
about your exposure to lightning-related damage and many
commercial enitites turn to an electrician.
Most of the time, electricians rely on the
guidance of electrical supply houses, which frequently
recommend a "one-size-fits-all" solution in the form of
a generic surge suppresor. This approach does not work,
and at best, is only a small part of the solution.
The best solution is to have a qualified
lightning protection specialist evaluate your needs and
properly design a system to offer your company the best
protection from lightning strikes and power surges.
For more information, or to schedule an
inspection, contact Hamilton Lightning