Hurricane Matthew = Lightning Storm Mathew

Amidst the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, damage caused by lightning accompanying the Category 4 winds pales in significance. After all, how much can lightning damage buildings that are destroyed by wind and ocean surge? Yet focusing on the destruction caused by wind and water distracts us from the havoc caused by electrical strikes. Consider:… Read more »

Lightning Causes Most Wind Generator Fires

Lightning is the primary cause of fire in wind generators, according to research at Imperial College, London. Once ignited, “Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastics are in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires… Lots of oxygen, in the form of high winds, can quickly fan a… Read more »

CSST Gas Tubing and Lightning-Related Fires

The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is joining forces with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to improve safety measures connected with corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). The product has been widely used for residential gas lines due to its ease of installation, but its corrugated design and thin walls make CSST susceptible to… Read more »

Scientific Research into Lightning

An article in the Financial Times about ongoing research at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) says, “The pace of discovery has led to an outpouring of new theories about lightning. When promising-looking clouds appear, researchers from the University of Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology, which run the site, fire a… Read more »

Lightning Strike Kills 323

A lightning strike in Norway killed 323 reindeer last week. The lightning energy flowed through the earth to reach the entire herd. It is a good reminder that, When Lightning Roars, Go Indoors. For more info, see here.

National Institute of Building Science Publishes Article on Lightning Protection

According to ASTM E831, “a building enclosure includes all materials, components, systems and assemblies intended to provide shelter and environmental separation between interior and exterior.” Lightning protection must be seen as part of that enclosure and the August 2016 issue of NIBS’ Journal offers guidelines on incorporating lightning protection into high-performance building envelopes. The article also… Read more »

Practice Lightning Safety

There have been 32 lightning fatalities in the United States so far this year, and 2016 is still far from over. This is the highest number in recent years. Last year, for example, there were only 27 deaths in the entire year. Will you join us in spreading education about lightning safety? All you have… Read more »

LED Lighting Needs Lightning Protection

In a recent statement, Osram, a leading producer of LED lamps, discusses the economic benefits of LEDs, then warns, “lightning strikes can endanger the complete exploitation of such economic advantages. As LED modules are run with lower voltage levels they may be damaged from overvoltage, and this danger has increased in past years – the… Read more »

The Olympics and Lightning

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this week has brought us televised views of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city. The statue has been damaged by lightning on several occasions. To prevent future damage, an upgraded lightning protection system has been installed. A video showing the installation, as well as amazing views of… Read more »