HOW A LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM WORKS
A lightning Rod provides a precise path on which lightning can travel. When your home or building is outfitted with a lightning protection system, the damaging power of the lightning strike is directed safely into the ground, leaving the home, family members and personal belongings safe and sound.
A lightning protection system should include all of the following elements, which work together for lightning prevention:
- air terminals (rods)
- conductor (cable)
- bonds with metallic bodies
- ground terminations
- surge arrestors & suppressors
Contemporary homes and businesses are especially susceptible to the havoc that lightning can cause on sensitive electronic equipment. To provide the highest level of protection, UL-listed lightning surge arrestors are installed on electrical service panels and other incoming lines. Arrestors are the first line of defense against harmful electrical surges that can enter a structure through power lines. Transient voltage surge suppressors can be installed to protect specific electronic components customized to your specific needs.
It is necessary that lightning protection systems are installed by trained, experienced specialists. At Hamilton Lightning Rods we use only UL listed materials and installation methods in compliance with nationally recognized safety standards as recognized by Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association. Hamilton Lightning Rods is also one of Underwriters Laboratories listed installers.