September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to make preparations for disasters. With an overarching theme Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can, the national campaign takes on extra urgency due to recent hurricanes. Take time to focus on planning, and take action to prepare! Learning what to do when lightning threatensis a first step. Conducting… Read more »

NASA Looks at Hurricane Irma’s Heat Engine

Sep. 06, 2017 — Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite combined with World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) shows Hurricane Irma is already creating intense lightning. In this illustration, according to NASA, “each flash is indicated by a yellow sphere plotted at 5 km (3.1 mile) altitude. There is lightning in the ring… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with “non-stop lightning” in the words of the Washington Post. The lightning added to the storm damage caused by winds and floods by sparking fires and destroying critical equipment and services. This experience reminds us that lightning damage accompanies many hurricanes. In addition to fires and damage to structures, the lightning… Read more »

How will lightning affect your business?

We often hear statements like, “80% of businesses affected by a fire or other disaster close within 18 months“. This statistic is impressive but appears to be unsubstantiated. What we do know for certain is that a lightning strike can damage or destroy your business by sparking fires in your facilities, destroying inventory and essential… Read more »

Visit us at ABX / Greenbuild

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) is exhibiting at the Architecture Boston Expo (abexpo.com) in Boston, November 8-10. Come by our booth for a demonstration of an online application to assist in lightning risk calculation. The show is held in conjunction with Greenbuild, a conference and expo dedicated to green building (greenbuildexpo.com). ECLE will be describing… Read more »

Protecting Rooftop Equipment and Fixtures

Anything mounted on top of a building must be considered for lightning protection. These light posts, for example, rise above the parking structure and had to be connected to the facility’s lightning protection system. Air terminals are mounted at the top of the light posts, and cables visible at the base of the posts connect… Read more »

Map of Lightning Strikes in Close to Real Time

Approximately 25 million lightning strikes occur in the United States each year; slightly less that one per second. You can see what this means at blitzortung.org. Using data collected from detectors around the country, the website’s map emits a click and flashes a circle every time lightning strikes. The colored dots indicate where lightning has… Read more »

Summer Sports and Lightning Safety

Summer brings baseball, soccer, boating, golf, and other outdoor recreation… plus increased thunderstorm and lightning. Because most lightning deaths and injuries occur outdoors, this is a good time to review lightning safety guidelines, especially if you coach a team or are responsible for the safety of participants and spectators. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association states:… Read more »

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM REQUIRES LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Sophisticated building owners overwhelmingly require lightning protection for their buildings. The University of Virginia, for example, states in its Facility Design Guidelines, “The most recent edition of NFPA 780 shall be used to evaluate a lightning protection system and to determine if a system is required. For new facilities, roof replacements, and solar array installations the A/E… Read more »