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Lightning Protection Resources

While it is difficult to quantify lightning losses, it is estimated that $4-5 billion damage occurs each year. Likewise, the cost of lightning protection to safeguard critical equipment and facilities from lightning strikes during severe weather is enormous.

Fuses, Circuit Breakers & Surge Protectors Manufacturers & Services

Lightning Protection & Safety Websites

A Basic Primer in Lightning Effects and Protection |
Summary from

Air Force Instruction 32-1065 Grounding Systems |
Assigns maintenance responsibilities and requirements for electrical grounding systems on Air Force installations.

An Overview of Lightning Safety |
Louisville, CO
Summary by Richard Kithil.

Electrical Hazards: Protecting Yourself, Your Home, and Your Assets |
Information from State Farm Insurance.

Article by John Wiles, Sponsored by the Photovoltaic Systems Assistance Center, Sandia National Laboratories.

Global Lightning Observations |
From the Space Physics Research Group, University of California, Berkeley.

Grounding Bonding and Shielding for Electronic Equipments and Facilities |
From the Department of Defense.

High Resolution Full Climatology Annual Flash Rate |
Fort Worth, TX
From National Weather Service.

Let's Learn About Lightning! for Kids |
Lots of resources great for school teachers and homeschoolers.

Lightning and Surge Protection |
Tutorial by Kenneth Schneider, PhD.

Lightning Protection |
Article from Radio Magazine, by John Battison.

Lightning Protection |
Green Bay, WI
Information from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.

Lightning Protection |
Facts & information from

Lightning Protection for the Amateur Station Part 1 |
By Ron Block, KB2UYT.

Lightning Protection for Farms |
From National Ag Safety Database.

Lightning Protection Hazard Alert |
Silver Spring, MD
From The Center to Protect Workers’ Rights.

Lightning Protection Institute |
800-488-6864 / Maryville, MO
Dedicated to insuring that today's lightning protection systems are the best possible quality - in design, materials and installation - so that precious lives and property can be protected from the damaging and costly affects of one of nature's most exciting phenomena - lightning.

Lightning Protection Systems |
Information from the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). UL issues certificates of conformance for systems, inspecting system components and checking completed installations.

Lightning Risk Reduction Outdoors |
From NOAA, National Weather Service.

Lightning Rod |
Definition and information pertaining to lightning protection, from Wikipedia.

Lightning Density Map of the United States |

Lightning Safety |
NOAA, National Weather Service data

Lightning Information & Safety for Kids |
Links to lightning safety resources.

Lightning Strikes to People and the Legal Duties to Warn and to Protect |
By Dr. Ronald B. Standler, attorney and consultant.

Methods of Creating Lightning Protection Zones Near Tall Telecommunications Structures According to Different National Standards |
From IEEE.

MIL-STD-464, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Requirements for Systems |"MIL-STD-464"
Lightning strike waveforms. This standard establishes electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) interface requirements and verification criteria for airborne, sea, space, and ground systems, including associated ordnance.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) | | 800 344-3555 | Quincy, MA
Serves as the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and is an authoritative source on public safety.

National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) | | Louisville, CO
A non-profit, non-product advocacy of lightning safety for both people and structures.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Instruction 8020.1 |
Reporting the physical location of ammunition and explosives (A&E) during non-working hours.

Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents |
Document from American Petroleum Institute.

Recommended Practice for Grounding of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems |
From IEEE.

United Lightning Protection Association | | 800-668-8572 | Libertyville, IL
Promotes National Safety Standards regulating our industry, promotes the proper installation of lightning protection throughout the country and promotes lightning safety.

U.S. Army Explosives Safety Program |
From the U.S. Army.

U.S. National Lightning Detection Network Database (NLDN) |
The National Lightning Detection Network, NLDN, consists of over 100 remote, ground-based sensing stations located across the United States that instantaneously detect the electromagnetic signals given off when lightning strikes the earth's surface.

Why You Need Lightning Protection |
From Electricians Toolbox Etc.