Lightning Is Out Of This World

Though it’s typically mentioned in relation to the damage it causes, lightning may also play a constructive role in the evolution of life, causing changes to molecular biology and bacteria. According to New Scientist, lightning activity on other planets might even lend a hand in discovering if alien life exists. Jupiter is among the planets… Read more »

600% Return on Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

Every dollar spent on disaster mitigation prevents $6 of damage, including health costs, structural repair and rebuilding, etc., according to a 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Sciences. Considering that the annual damages from lightning alone add up to $5 billion, the cost of investing in lightning protection systems (LPS) may be worth… Read more »

ECLE Invited to Present at Facade Tectonics World Congress

This international conference “brings together industry and academic leaders with a deep exploration of the building facade as the integrative factor in holistic building design.” East Coast Lightning Equipment has been invited to present a paper at the conference on “Lightning Protection as Building Envelope”. According to the paper’s abstract. “A building’s envelope mitigates the… Read more »

Bomb Cyclone with Lightning

As if January 2018’s record cold, snow fall, storm surge, and winter winds are not dangerous enough, the “bomb cyclone” of Winter Storm Grayson generated intense levels of lightning along the East Coast. The density of winter lightning storms, also known as “thundersnow”. has probably been underestimated in the past because snow muffles the sound… Read more »

Zap! —Protecting the Digital Gadgets in your (Almost) Smart Buildings

That’s the title of a session to be presented at the AEC-Next Conference in Anaheim, CA on June 5-7, 2018. The educational session, sponsored by East Coast Lightning Equipment, addresses the “Internet of Things’s” vulnerability to lightning. According to the announcement for the session.

Check Up for Safety

The sign on this Annapolis, MD fire station reminds us that smoke detectors save lives… if they are properly inspected and maintained. The same can be said about lightning protection systems. Parts of the lightning protection system can become loose or damaged, compromising safety. When you change smoke detector batteries, or at other regular intervals,… Read more »

Historical Lightning Protection Lessons

The J.A. Belt Building in Gaithersburg, MD was built in 1903 and is listed on National Register of Historic Places. It offers two lessons about lightning protection systems. Lightning protection systems help buildings withstand the test of time: John A. Belt understood the destructive power of fire; the Masonic Lodge to which he belonged was… Read more »

Even in Winter – Don’t Take Chances with Lightning

The National Weather Service shares this cautionary report of lightning-related injuries that occurred in the middle of winter while ice fishing. “On Saturday, February 22, 1997, Robert, his father, three friends and two of their sons went ice fishing on Moosehead Lake in Maine. In the middle of winter, in Maine, no one would ever… Read more »

Lightning Protection for Historic Buildings

Protecting historic buildings from lightning damage may require special considerations. For example, the visible components of the lightning protection system have to maintain the look and historic features of the original building, yet meet modern standards for performance. To the extent practical, new lightning protection components have to be installed without damaging historic building materials… Read more »