Posts Categorized: News

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 lightning protection systems, and to determine if a system is required. For new facilities, roof replacements, and solar array installations the A/E… Read more »

Standard for Presidential Libraries Includes Lightning Protection

With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, work on the newest Presidential Library moves forward in earnest. It is being designed in accordance with “Architectural and Design Standards for Presidential Libraries” published by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Guidelines include: 3.61.4 Lightning protection: Lightning protection must be evaluated in accordance with NFPA 780. Buildings in… Read more »

Lightning Protection featured in New Magazine

Building Enclosure Magazine was launched in 2016 as a source for authoritative news and information on walls, roofs, and the things that separate a building’s inside from its outside. It is geared towards architects and other building industry professionals and is published by BNP Media. Two articles about lightning protection systems (LPS) have appeared in… Read more »

LPS Installer Wins Award for Innovation

Adam Smith, Vice President of BASE Lightning Protection, received a Finny Award from the Lightning Protection Institute for his innovative through-roof penetration assembly. His design used a through-roof penetration device from East Coast Lightning Equipment. The device connects a rooftop lightning conductor cable through the roof deck to the inside of the building where it… Read more »

Lightning Strike via Computer and Headphones

In an interview on National Public Radio, author Rowan Hisayho Buchanan tells that while writing her novel, Harmless Like You, “I was editing the sort of final, final draft of the novel to send out before publishers, and it was night time. And suddenly my vision went white, and I had this incredible pain in… Read more »