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Lightning Protection: A Capital Idea

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

Lightning Protection: A Capital Idea

Each of this trio of Washington, D.C. landmarks has a lightning protection system. Air terminals (lightning rods) are visible on top of decorative finials on the Smithsonian Institution Building — known affectionately as “The Castle” — on the right and Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industry Building on the left. Between them, in the distance, is the Washington Monument, administered by the National Park Service.

The Smithsonian and the Park Service require a lightning protection risk assessment as part of their building programs:

Clearly, a lightning protection system is a capital idea that should be used on all types of buildings — not just the Capitol.

For more information:
Read NFPA 780
Online Risk Assessment

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