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No Lightning Damage to NASA Rocket Launch Site

No Lightning Damage to NASA Rocket Launch Site

When lightning struck the Artemis 1 launch site, the lightning protection system worked as designed and…

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National Parks in Arizona and Utah

National Parks in Arizona and Utah

During a spring break family road trip to Arizona and Utah, your correspondent was awed by the beauty…

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It Could Have Been Worse…

It Could Have Been Worse…

While damage to the building’s electrical system and equipment was significant, the building was not…

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Future-Proofing with Lightning Protection Systems

Future-Proofing with Lightning Protection Systems

Lightning protection is “one of the first ‘future-proofing’ building technologies,” according…

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Lightning Protection

Five Things You Didn't Know About Lightning Protection

Here are five more facts about lightning that can help you decide if your property and family should…

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Lightning in Desert

Lightning in Desert

Lightning is a hazard almost everywhere in North America, even in deserts that receives only a few inches…

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Fireplace Season: Time to Consider Lightning Protection

Fireplace Season: Time to Consider Lightning Protection

Now that the cooler air of autumn is here, it is time to have your chimney inspected so it is ready for…

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Top-Notch Lightning Protection System

Top-Notch Lightning Protection System

It's all in a day’s work for an installer to dangle from ropes, erect scaffolding, or use telescoping…

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Electrical Storm Florence

Electrical Storm Florence

There were more than 54,000 lightning strokes within Hurricane Florence in the three days between September…

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Did Lightning Cause Collapse of Bridge in Genoa?

Did Lightning Cause Collapse of Bridge in Genoa?

The Morandi Bridge, a major vehicular artery, collapsed in Genoa, Italy on August 14, 2018, killing at…

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Fastest Growing Cities are at Risk for Lightning

Fastest Growing Cities are at Risk for Lightning

Most of the Nation’s fifteen fastest-growing cities are in areas with warm climates with moderate to…

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A Warning About Dissimilar Metals

A Warning About Dissimilar Metals

Combinations of materials that form electrolytic couples of such a nature that, in the presence of moisture,…

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Lightning Protection Goes to Church

Lightning Protection Goes to Church

High-tech churches are particularly vulnerable to lightning damage. Protecting your church from lightning…

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Lightning is Out of This World

Lightning is Out of This World

Though it’s typically mentioned in relation to the damage it causes, lightning may also play a constructive…

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600% Return on Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

600% Return on Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

Considering that the annual damages from lightning alone add up to $5 billion, the cost of investing…

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ECLE Invited to Present at Facade Tectonics World Congress

ECLE Invited to Present at Facade Tectonics World Congress

East Coast Lightning Equipment has been invited to present a paper at the conference on “Lightning…

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Bomb Cyclone with Lightning

Bomb Cyclone with Lightning

As if January 2018’s record cold, snow fall, storm surge, and winter winds are not dangerous enough,…

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Zap! - Protecting the Digital Gadgets in Your (Almost) Smart Buildings

Zap! - Protecting the Digital Gadgets in Your (Almost) Smart Buildings

This educational session, sponsored by East Coast Lightning Equipment, addresses the “Internet of Things”…

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Check Up For Safety

Check Up For Safety

When you change smoke detector batteries, or at other regular intervals, take time to walk around your…

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Historical Lightning Protection Lessons

Historical Lightning Protection Lessons

The J.A. Belt Building in Gaithersburg, MD was built in 1903 and is listed on the National Register of…

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Even in Winter - Don't Take Chances with Lightning

Even in Winter - Don't Take Chances with Lightning

The National Weather Service shares this cautionary report of lightning-related injuries that occurred…

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Lightning Protection for Historic Buildings

Lightning Protection for Historic Buildings

Protecting historic buildings from lightning damage may require special considerations.

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Lightning Protection: A Capital Idea

Lightning Protection: A Capital Idea

Each of this trio of Washington, D.C. landmarks has a lightning protection system.

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A Year for the Record Books

A Year for the Record Books

2017 is breaking records for the number and intensity of Atlantic Hurricanes.

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New Generator Rule Enforced in Florida Nursing Homes

New Generator Rule Enforced in Florida Nursing Homes

A friendly reminder: Permanently-installed generators should be connected to lightning protection systems.

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NASA Looks at Hurricane Irma's Heat Engine

NASA Looks at Hurricane Irma's Heat Engine

Lightning in the ring of convection surrounding the eye, which indicates that Hurricane Irma’s heat-engine…

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Small Houses... Big Risks

Small Houses... Big Risks

The risk of lightning damage to tiny homes is not diminished by their reduced scale.

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Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

The lightning added to the storm damage caused by winds and floods by sparking fires and destroying critical…

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How Will Lightning Affect Your Business?

How Will Lightning Affect Your Business?

What we do know for certain, is that a lightning strike can damage or destroy your business by sparking…

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Visit Us at ABX / Greenbuild

Visit Us at ABX / Greenbuild

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) is exhibiting at the Architecture Boston Expo (abexpo.com)…

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Protecting Rooftop Equipment and Fixtures

Protecting Rooftop Equipment and Fixtures

Anything mounted on top of a building must be considered for lightning protection.

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Map of Lightning Strikes in Close to Real Time

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…

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Summer Sports and Lightning Safety

Summer Sports and Lightning Safety

Summer brings baseball, soccer, boating, golf, and other outdoor recreation… plus increased thunderstorm…

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University System Requires Lightning Protection

University System Requires Lightning Protection

Sophisticated building owners overwhelmingly require lightning protection for their buildings.

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Standard for Presidential Libraries Includes Lightning Protection

Standard for Presidential Libraries Includes Lightning Protection

Air terminals are visible at the top level of the roof of the Clinton Library. The lower levels of roof…

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Lightning Protection Featured in New Magazine

Lightning Protection Featured in New Magazine

Two articles about lightning protection systems have appeared in Building Enclosure Magazine, establishing…

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LPS Installer Wins Award for Innovation

LPS Installer Wins Award for Innovation

Adam Smith, Vice President of BASE Lightning Protection, received a Finny Award from the Lightning Protection…

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Lightning Strike Via Computer and Headphones

Lightning Strike Via Computer and Headphones

Although she survived, her experience demonstrates the importance of lightning protection.

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Lightning Warning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Lightning Warning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and organization serving the deaf and hard…

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Lightning in Paradise

Lightning in Paradise

Planning a vacation in Hawaii? Watch out for lightning!

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Lightning Storms are Huge

Lightning Storms are Huge

Lightning is so rapid that it is hard to recognize how much area a strike can cover. While we usually…

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He Learned the Hard Way

He Learned the Hard Way

His security system, phones, appliances, computers, and other electronics were all damaged when lightning…

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Lightning Protection at Orlando Theme Parks

Lightning Protection at Orlando Theme Parks

Lightning rods dot the rooftops of nearly every single building in Orlando theme parks.

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Lightning Science Enters Space Age

Lightning Science Enters Space Age

SLS team members have extensive experience designing lightning protection systems for mission-critical…

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Lightning and Urban Planning

Lightning and Urban Planning

A new scientific study comparing urban areas to non-urban areas finds that "the degree of urban thunderstorm…

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Seagulls and Lightning Protection

Seagulls and Lightning Protection

Here’s a tip from an architect on Cape Cod, MA.

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Lightning May Increase Due to Climate Change

Lightning May Increase Due to Climate Change

Researchers at Stanford and Purdue Universities report, “Severe thunderstorms are one of the primary…

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Yes! This is a

Yes! This is a "Lightning Rod"

Other metal items can be used instead of air terminals if they meet the requirements of NFPA 780 –…

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Hurricane Matthew = Lightning Storm Matthew

Hurricane Matthew = Lightning Storm Matthew

Amidst the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, damage caused by lightning accompanying the Category…

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Lightning Causes Most Wind Generator Fires

Lightning Causes Most Wind Generator Fires

Lightning is the primary cause of fire in wind generators, according to research at Imperial College,…

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Educational Program

Educational Program

East Coast Lightning Equipment, is sponsoring a continuing education program at the Learning Stage at…

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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO LIGHTNING

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO LIGHTNING

An article in the Financial Times about ongoing research at the International Center for Lightning Research…

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LIGHTNING STRIKE KILLS 323

LIGHTNING STRIKE KILLS 323

A lightning strike in Norway killed 323 reindeer last week. The lightning energy flowed through the earth…

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NIBS PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON LIGHTNING PROTECTION

NIBS PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Lightning protection must be seen as part of that enclosure and the August 2016 issue of NIBS’ Journal…

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PRACTICE LIGHTNING SAFETY

PRACTICE LIGHTNING SAFETY

Will you join us in spreading education about lightning safety? All you have to do is use your accounts…

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LED LIGHTING NEEDS LIGHTNING PROTECTION

LED LIGHTING NEEDS LIGHTNING PROTECTION

In a recent statement, Osram, a leading producer of LED lamps, discusses the economic benefits of LEDs,…

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THE OLYMPICS AND LIGHTNING

THE OLYMPICS AND LIGHTNING

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this week has brought us televised views of the Christ the Redeemer statue…

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LIGHTNING RISK ASSESSMENT CALCULATOR TO BE INTRODUCED AT ABX

LIGHTNING RISK ASSESSMENT CALCULATOR TO BE INTRODUCED AT ABX

East Coast Lightning Equipment will introduce its new Lightning Risk Assessment Calculator at the Architecture…

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PROTECT YOUR CLIENT AND YOUR REPUTATION

PROTECT YOUR CLIENT AND YOUR REPUTATION

East Coast Lightning Equipment has launched a new advertising campaign to remind architects and builders…

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ROOFER’S GUIDE TO LIGHTNING PROTECTION

ROOFER’S GUIDE TO LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Along with stories about hail damage, wind resistance, and environmental trend, an article called “Streak…

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PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN (PtD)

PREVENTION THROUGH DESIGN (PtD)

Prevention through Design is a new phrase for a good idea — that design decisions can make buildings…

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CN TOWER: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 3000 TIMES

CN TOWER: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 3000 TIMES

The CN Tower in Toronto, completed 40 years ago, is hit by lightning about 75 times a year.

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FREE ACCESS TO NFPA LIGHTNING PROTECTION STANDARD

FREE ACCESS TO NFPA LIGHTNING PROTECTION STANDARD

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit standards-writing organization devoted…

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL

As manager of nearly 80 million acres of land in parks and monuments, the National Park Service understands…

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM ECLE

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM ECLE

ECLE will be closed on Monday, July 4th, so our staff can celebrate Independence Day with our families…

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PROTECTING A LANDMARK

PROTECTING A LANDMARK

Benjamin Franklin did his seminal work on lightning protection while living in Philadelphia, so it’s…

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ZAHA HADID, ARCHITECT

ZAHA HADID, ARCHITECT

Since Zaha Hadid, one of the most celebrated architects of our time, died in March, many people have…

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LIGHTNING IN WINTER? YES!

LIGHTNING IN WINTER? YES!

Lightning is a year-round threat, as these news items from the past winter remind us.

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SAFETY DEVICES DEPEND ON LIGHTNING PROTECTION

SAFETY DEVICES DEPEND ON LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Building codes require ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on every electrical outlet near plumbing…

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DAMAGE CAUSED BY SINGLE LIGHTNING STORM

DAMAGE CAUSED BY SINGLE LIGHTNING STORM

Knocked out power to a major international airport, causing flights to be rerouted or delayed. Set a…

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TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LIGHTNING PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS

TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LIGHTNING PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS

East Coast Lightning Equipment (ECLE) recently hosted approximately 60 lightning protection professionals…

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VISIT US AT BUILDINGS-NY EXHIBITION

VISIT US AT BUILDINGS-NY EXHIBITION

East Coast Lightning Equipment will be in Booth 931 at the BuildingsNY Exhibition on May 24 and 25, 2016…

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CANADIAN LIGHTNING PROTECTION EXPLAINED IN NEW ARTICLE

CANADIAN LIGHTNING PROTECTION EXPLAINED IN NEW ARTICLE

The March 2016 issue of Construction Canada provides an in-depth look at Canadian lightning protection…

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ARCHITECTS FORECAST GREATER NEED FOR LIGHTNING PROTECTION

ARCHITECTS FORECAST GREATER NEED FOR LIGHTNING PROTECTION

The recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey asked more than 500 residential…

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LIGHTNING PROTECTION MAINTENANCE ADDED TO MASTERFORMAT

LIGHTNING PROTECTION MAINTENANCE ADDED TO MASTERFORMAT

A new section was added to MasterFormat in January 2016: Section 26 01 40.13 — Operation and Maintenance…

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CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS

East Coast Lightning Equipment is exhibiting at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) to be held November…

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ECLE FEATURED IN CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIER MAGAZINE

ECLE FEATURED IN CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIER MAGAZINE

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) has been featured in the latest issue of the Construction…

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EAST COAST LIGHTNING EQUIPMENT RETAINS ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTANT

EAST COAST LIGHTNING EQUIPMENT RETAINS ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTANT

"Chusid is helping us educate architects and builders about the importance of lightning protection. He…

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MADE IN USA – A JULY 4TH MESSAGE FROM ECLE

MADE IN USA – A JULY 4TH MESSAGE FROM ECLE

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. has decided to let the world know that our products are Made in…

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LIGHTNING PROTECTION FEATURED ON ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

LIGHTNING PROTECTION FEATURED ON ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

There is an excellent segment on lightning protection and safety featured on the April 16, 2015 episode…

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ECLE FEATURED ON DESIGN AND BUILD WITH METAL

ECLE FEATURED ON DESIGN AND BUILD WITH METAL

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) was recently featured on DesignandBuildWithMetal.com‘s…

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EAST COAST LIGHTNING EQUIPMENT LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

EAST COAST LIGHTNING EQUIPMENT LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

East Coast Lightning Equipment invites visitors to explore their new website. The new site has been designed…

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