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Lightning Safety Tips To Avoid The Risks Associated With Lightning Strikes

Summer brings thunderstorms, and with them the chance of lightning strikes.

So what do you do when you hear the thunder?

Continue with your work till the thunder and lightning get closer? Sit on a bench under a tree to see what happens? Or get in your car and drive to safety?

The correct answer is: Stop work immediately when you hear the first thunder and if no substantial, no-concrete shelter is nearby, get in your car and wait out the storm.

Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly – ever.

Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea, sheltering under trees or other structures, are near conductive or explosive materials or on or near tall objects.

Before we tell you the lightning safety tips, let us understand the risks associated with working outdoors in lightning.

  • The ground absorbing electrical currents
  • Trees, vehicles, and building catching fire
  • Blindness if you are hit by lightning, or stare too closely at the flashes
  • Ruptured eardrums
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Death, if directly hit by lightning

Workplaces need to have safe procedures and systems of work in place to minimize the risk of injury or harm to employees from hazards associated with an electrical storm.

Safety tips

  • Be prepared to stop working or take it to safer levels
  • Stay away from conductive materials
  • Use appropriate safety equipment and work wear
  • Stay warm and dry
  • Have an emergency plan in place

Guidelines for the emergency plan:

  • A chain of command
  • A means of monitoring weather conditions
  • A list of designated safe sites to take shelter
  • Criteria for suspension and resumption of work
  • The use of recommended safety strategies

All workers should be trained on these procedures so they know how to properly respond to an approaching thunderstorm.

Even when inside a safe shelter, be cautious and follow lightning safety tips

  • Keep away from plumbing and bathroom fixtures
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and corded telephones

Lightning is one of the most dangerous weather conditions you need to watch out for not only in spring but at any time of the year.

Lightning Eliminator’s clear, singular vision is to provide comprehensive lightning safety tips and solutions, fulfilling and exceeding client’s expectations.

Lightning Protection System – Protecting Industries Since 1971

The cost of replacing equipment and electronics or dealing with fire after a sudden severe lightning strike is enough inspiration to acquire a lightning protection system.

Lightning Protection Design

Lightning can strike a structure in many ways:

  • Direct strikes
  • Side flash
  • Ground current
  • Conduction
  • Streamers

A very simple and easy way to soften the blow from a lightning strike to your facility is to install an LEC manufactured and designed lightning protection system. Our LPS solutions reduce the electrical voltage between a storm cell and the facility by transferring charge to nearby ionizing air molecule. This controlled charge leakage greatly reduces the chances of a lightning strike within the area of protection. But even if the accumulation rate exceeds the dissipation rate, the device will divert the strike towards a safer path to ground, one already defined by the original grounding system.

Features of DAS Lightning protection system

  1. Reduces operational cost – protect against lightning damage, and fire
  2. Reliable – our “no strike” warranty ensures complete protection on all LEC supervised installation (subject to terms and conditions)
  3. Universally accepted – our lightning protection system integrates with any building, tower, or tank
  4. Proven technology – the patented charge transfer technology in DAS has been in use since 1971, protecting thousands of sites worldwide

Lightning Protection Design

Components

A typical system includes:

  1. A range of configurations for almost any structure
  2. A low-impedance grounding system using chemically charged electrodes
  3. To protect against transients traveling through data lines, the LPS includes Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors
  4. Modular Strike prevention device to supplement the area of protection as needed.

The chance that your facility will be hit by a lightning strike varies in a number of factors such as location, your facility's design and structure, and temperature and humidity of the surrounding area. Lightning strikes can have devastating effects on any operations whether taking a direct strike or being subjected to the secondary effects from nearby strikes.

DAS (Dissipation Array System) prevents direct strikes, minimizes the risk to your operations, substantially benefitting to a healthier bottom line.

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Lightning Dissipated With LEC Lightning Protection Designs

Across industries, powerful lightning strikes can injure personnel, destroy assets, and disrupt processes through fire, explosion and electrical damages are clear. Even if the facility is not directly struck by lightning, secondary effects such as transient voltage can fry sensitive circuitry in the vicinity.

Given the random and destructive nature of lightning strikes, how can businesses protect their personnel, facilities, equipment, and processes? LEC has the answer – by not just channeling lightning, but by preventing the charge from accumulating in the first place.

Why attract lightning when you can eliminate it?

LEC offers a range of solutions for every industry. From checking the existing lightning protection system to manufacturing, installing and maintenance services. Our maintenance includes bringing into compliance any alteration to an industrial building and checking the existing lightning protection design. We also provide full site analysis and recommendations for the most appropriate lightning protection system.

Our basic components for creating the perfect lightning protection design are:

Risk management – our risk assessment team determines earth resistance, soil resistivity, etc to determine the level of lightning protection required and then customize one accordingly.

Design study – after the detailed and scientific evaluation of the site, project estimation and lightning protection design is provided by our experts.

Supply – our patented proprietaries comply with international standards and are manufactured with high-quality materials under strict supervision. These are fully tested and then supplied at the site to begin the installation.

Installation and commissioning – our knowledgeable and trained site service team install the system as per the approved lightning protection design specification. Further, we also provide on-site and off-site training and financial risk mitigation.

All this is possible because we take time to properly research the project and understand all applicable variables. Also, our lightning protection design and engineering are site-specific and cost-efficient, ensuring that the end result is a professional and code compliant system.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant, Inc. specializes in designing, manufacturing and installing, engineered systems to prevent and eliminate all lightning-related problems.

By taking a simple step of contacting us, your property will be much safer and confident to withstand any unpredictable, destructive force of nature via a lightning strike

Eliminate Misconceptions Related To Lightning Protection

For centuries, lightning strikes have caused serious damage and fires to facilities and have also killed the occupants that were struck. Protection of structures from the effects of a lightning strike is more precise today than it was in 1752 at the time of the experiment and the original invention of lightning protection by Benjamin Franklin.

In industry, there is a growing demand for availability of service and operations, and the risk of downtime cost as well; making risk management increasingly important. And lightning strikes will be an increasingly large part of the risk to be managed.

The basic principle in protecting life and property from lightning is to provide a path by which the electrical energy can enter and leave the earth without damaging anything or anyone along the way. However, Over the years, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has improved this method.

Our patented Dissipation Array System (DAS) is designed to prevent direct lightning strikes within the protected area by reducing the electrical fields to below lightning collection levels, within the protected area. As a result, DAS helps to prevent downtime and loss of assets while increasing personal safety. Since 1971, the DAS has maintained a success rate of over 99%.

Yet our industry remains vulnerable – only 10% of a new facility constructed each year in the US implements a lightning protection system. Why is it so?

Ignorance and misconceptions are to be blamed.

Due to ignorance on the effectiveness of lightning protection, business owners accept lightning as an unavoidable risk, with their only solution is to seek insurance against business interruptions and damages. But this does not include the billion dollars that are lost due to downtime and liability when businesses are forced to shut down to repair damages.

On the other hand, misconceptions are also rife. For example, lightning protection is assumed to be expensive, complex and poor visual impact.

In fact, the useful life of a lightning protection system from LEC will be close to the useful life of the facility itself. Also, the integration of DAS into the design of the facility before construction allows efficiency to be increased and complexities to be reduced. And finally, when an LPS is taken into consideration at the design stage, it can be incorporated in a way that reduces or eliminates a visual impact.

Lightning protection is available to prevent harm done by lightning strikes and transient currents. Contact us to set up a site evaluation with your construction engineer.

Unmatched Performance Every Time From Lightning Protection System

Direct lightning strikes and their secondary effects are some of the most harmful natural occurrences because they can occur anywhere and hit any project. For many industrial plants, the effects of even one direct strike are too much to bear and can result in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. The potential damage and losses lead to many businesses to access and manage their risks with comprehensive lightning, surge, and grounding protection services and products.

Lightning protection systems installed professionally and in accordance with the regulations provide effective protection. Damage from lightning and surge voltages occurs with equal frequency. Such damage can cause either by a lightning strike within the vicinity or by switching operations in large electrical systems. Besides damage to devices, the failure of networks and the corresponding loss of data can have a dramatic effect.

LEC offers comprehensive lightning protection solutions for many different industries. This is the only way to protect people and property against the direct and indirect effects of lightning strikes on sites, buildings, plants, and equipment. And in many countries, regulations make it mandatory to install lightning protection on industrial buildings. Sites presenting an environmental risk are deemed the immediate priority.         

We have mastered the art of total site and facility protection by designing, manufacturing and installing site-specific grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression systems. Our rigorous testing and end-to-end control of the manufacturing process allows us to ensure the highest standards are met. Additionally, every product is thoughtfully engineered, made of the highest quality materials and thoroughly tested before making its way to your site. Our system meets national and international standards making them eligible for UL and LPI certifications.

Our Hall of Fame: LEC’s first patented product Dissipation Array System (DAS) – it prevents a strike from occurring within the protected area.

Since the invention of DAS, we have continued to develop cutting edge products (patented) for lightning protection, grounding and surge with the sole aim of delivering the reliably supreme quality you can always count on.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has more than 4 decades of experience anticipating users need to make sure we’re ready and you are covered, no matter what the future holds.

 

The Lightning Protection System Of Your Choice

Lightning is caused by the build-up of static electricity within a thundercloud. Negative charge accumulates at the bottom of the cloud and induces a positive charge on the surface of the earth. When the potential between the cloud and ground reaches about a billion volts, a downward leader begins to move from the cloud towards the earth.

As the downward leader connects with an upward streamer on the earth, then the visible lightning strike is formed and massive current flow between the cloud and earth.

Across industries, the power of lightning strikes to injure personnel, destroy assets and disrupt processes through fire, explosion or electrical damage is clear. Even if a facility is not directly struck by lightning, secondary effects such as electromagnetic pulse can fry sensitive circuitry in the vicinity.

One technology that has proven to be the perfect lightning prevention solution is Dissipation Array System. This Lightning protection system works on Charge Transfer technology.

DAS is based on a natural phenomenon known to a scientist for centuries as the ‘point discharge’ principle, where a sharp point in a strong electrostatic field will leak off electrons by ionizing adjacent air molecules, providing the points potentials is raised 10,000 volts above that of its surroundings. It employs the point discharge principles by providing thousands of point with specific point separation that stimulates produce ion over a larger area, thus preventing the formation of streamers, the precursor of a lightning strike.

The Dissipation Array System is a key component for lightning protection system, working with grounding and surge suppression to achieve complete protection. A typical system includes:

  • A Dissipation Array available in a range of configurations for almost any structure
  • A low-impedance grounding system using chemically charged electrodes
  • Surge protection devices to protect against electric transients.

Step Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. takes for total protection

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Installation
  • Certification
  • Expansion

Highlights of our patented Lightning protection system

  • Strike prevention
  • Controlled lightning termination
  • Maintenance free system
  • Engineered solution
  • Custom design
  • All-time protection
  • Ensured reliability of electronic equipment
  • Maximum return on investment

Each lightning protection system is tailored to specific needs revealed in site surveys.

With over 70,000 systems per year of actual in-field operations and proven success in minimizing the effects of lightning, LEC is the smart choice for Lightning protection system in your facility.

Protect Your Facility With LEC Lightning Protection Solutions

Lightning is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that can discharge up to 200,000 amps in a fraction of seconds. In fact, cloud to ground strikes is the most dangerous form of lightning for property and human life. A direct lightning strike can have devastating effects on people, assets and our natural environment especially during stormy seasons; we witness injury or death of thousands of people.

Lightning Protection

Beyond this obvious impact of lightning, voltage spikes that accompany indirect strikes are catastrophic to a building’s electronics systems. This static can cause a charge to run down the wires and cables, damaging equipment in your facility.

With the advent of sensitive electronic equipment into our everyday life, the importance of proper lightning protection has become extremely critical. In order to fully protect a facility, businesses must use lightning protection and earthing equipment that are manufactured, designed and tested according to international standards.

Lightning Eliminator’s & Consultant Inc’s expertise is to provide lightning protection productions, solutions, and technical support to meet national and international standards.

The lightning protection system offered by LEC provide means by which the surge either leaves or enters the Earth without passing through and damaging any parts of a facility. Our systems actually prevent lightning from striking protected areas thereby preventing damage within the area of protection.

We manufacture and install lightning and surge protection system using the most up-to-date and safest techniques with the latest, fully compliant fixing, always accounting for the aesthetics of the building on all our projects, ensuring that your system is the best it can be.

Lightning Protection

LEC will ensure that all risks to your property are identified and mitigated. We fully inspect your site and premises, issue complete risk analysis, design and quotation, including full risk assessment. Following installation, we periodically test and maintain the system to ensure compliance with the relevant standards is maintained.

Specialist knowledge is required in order to carry out the professional testing of a lightning protection system. for this reason, this test must be carried out by a lightning protection expert, like LEC.

We provide world class solutions with world-class products for lightning protection. We specialize in the lightning protection system, surge protection system, maintenance free earthing solutions and more.

Things You Should Know About Lightning Protection Design

Lightning strikes account for over a third of computer failures all over the world. With this number in mind, it makes sense to protect your assets from lightning strikes using state of the art lightning and surge protection devices.

This increases your facility’s protection from physical damage and reduces the possibilities of fire. Insurers now require the installation of lightning protection systems for commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, historic landmarks, and public venues.

Lightning protection design

An effective earthing system is critical to the safety of every electrical installation. And a robust earthing and lightning protection design is the first step in any electrical system to ensure the safety of assets, properties, and human beings.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. lightning protection design involves:

Collection of data

  • Soil resistivity measurement
  • Earth resistance/impedance measurement
  • Touch, step and transfer potential measurement
  • Lightning protection design visual inspection (if already installed)
  • Electrical measurements
  • Impact on immediate surroundings
  • Building contents
  • Type of construction
  • Building occupancy

Risk assessment

  • Determining the level of lightning protection required
  • Earth potential risk assessment
  • Interference studies
  • Fire risk
  • Assessing the risk in accordance with international standards

Design study

  • Arriving at BOQ and specification
  • Type of protection
  • Detailed and scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure
  • Sizes and dimension of components
  • Location of air terminals and coverage area
  • Conductor routing and connections
  • Earthing provisions

Supplying, installing, testing and commissioning

  • Provide labor, materials, products, equipment, and services
  • Installation and testing are carried out in accordance with international standards and code of practice.
  • Onsite or off-site risk management training and financial risk mitigation
  • All our manufactured and patented products comply with international standards

The lightning protection design consultancy services we offer with the years of expertise can reduce the exposure and susceptibility of the installations to lightning conditions and implement suitable protection measures.

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant inc., has been at the forefront of lightning protection design for many years and has contributed significant research on this natural phenomenon.

We thrive on excellence and being our best, we are always ready to assist anyone who needs help with a high quality, cost-effective solution for lightning and surge protection system and design.

Lightning Protection Is Not An Option.

Lightning Protection is easy to forget. Most people only think about it after a tragedy. We can only hope more people think about lightning protection in the calm before the storm.

Lightning protection has come a long way – technologically, practically and geographically. By assuming and actively engaging in an industry leadership position, Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. continue to be at forefront of the industry’s drive for universal best practices and professional standards.

Spanning four generations, our brand has been synonymous with exceptional products, competitive prices and superior service standards strongly adhering to national and international standards.

Over the years we have mastered the art of total site and facility protection by designing and manufacturing site-specific grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression systems. Done scientifically, our system provides solutions that secure operations, protect infrastructure and offer peace of mind.

Lightning has the power to tear through buildings, explode walls, disturb steel and ignite deadly fires. The cost of this damage can be enormous, not to mention deadly. The potential for losses due to equipment damage, business interruptions and personal injury caused by lightning can be a major expense for companies. A properly installed lightning protection system can minimize this threat to your business.

In short, there are three very good reasons to install and lightning protection system including surge protection – people, property and assets.

After more than 4 decades in the business, we are proud of our worldwide reputation for providing our customers with quality service, excellent value, delivered safely with a professional attitude.  The LEC advantage over the other vendors is our unique market leading experience, knowledge and expertise. We have an excellent library of technical articles, research papers, client success stories and product presentations that document the success of our patented lightning protection solution.

We have become a source of knowledge and intelligence for all aspects of lightning protection, control, and subsequent risk mitigation and management. Our combined real word operational experience, research, innovative product development and consulting services have enabled us to carve out a unique niche within the lightning prevention arena across a wide range of industries and governments both domestically and internationally.

 

Lightning Protection for Floating Roof Tank

Lightning is the leading known cause of fires in tanks. With the frequency of violent weather on the rise, lightning strikes are expected to increase by 15% during each summer season.

The cost can be catastrophic; and can include loss of product, equipment and production, to loss of life, business and goodwill; to lawsuits and increased regulatory scrutiny.

Floating roof tanks are especially vulnerable to the direct and indirect effects of lightning. A direct or a nearby lightning strike will cause electrical currents to flow across the tank shell and roof. The most likely strike location on an FRT is the top of the rim or the gauge pole.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc’s experienced engineering team works collaboratively with your operations and engineering group to co-develop a standardized approach to protect your assets from the dangers of ignitions caused by lightning strikes and static discharge.

Our plan comprises of:

  • The structural lightning protection system
  • A lightning surge protection system
  • Trunkey installation
  • Annual inspection & preventative maintenance

Our lightning protection system will include our award-winning lightning protection Retractable Grounding Assembly (RGA) which reduces the risk of lightning damage and fire by creating a low-impedance bond between the roof and shell

It may also include an appropriately placed Dissipation Array System working on Charge Transfer technology. This terminal is connected with an appropriately sized lightning conductor network; it also bonds all the isolated metallic structures together. The lightning conductor further terminates into a low resistance low impedance grounding system.

Included in the plan is a coordinated SPD plan comprised of a layered defense of the best lightning surge protection approach in eliminating the destructive effects of lightning-induced transients.

Our installation team is highly trained to install the recommended system correctly, quickly and safely every time. Each person on the team is certified for safe practice, and is equipped with appropriate tools that are safe to operate in areas where the work is executed.

Finally, our group of inspectors independent of our installation team walks through the site and evaluate if the key points of ignition are appropriately protected. Photo documentation is also made available for review. The final report facilitates prompt corrective actions where necessary and eases maintenance of compliance records.

Our entire lightning protection system comes with a ‘no strike’ warranty if installed and maintained by us.

When lightning season peaks, proper lightning protection is imperative.

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About Us

Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) serves its clients by installing and maintaining lightning protection systems (LPS), and prevention solutions. Equipped with over four decades of experience, LEC has provided successful support to over 90 countries and throughout the United States.