Lightning strikes can be a serious threat to businesses, presenting risks not only to physical infrastructure but also to personal safety. As well as causing damage to critical systems and equipment, lightning strikes can compromise the integrity of buildings, creating potential hazards for occupants and visitors.
As a result, it's essential to take steps to mitigate the risk of lightning strikes and protect your assets from the potential damage they can cause. By implementing lightning protection systems and conducting regular lightning conductor testing, businesses can safeguard their facilities and ensure the safety of those who work or visit there.
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The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that lightning protection systems should be tested in accordance with the relevant British Standard (BS EN 62305). Also, if a building with a poorly maintained system or a defective earth installation is struck by lightning or static electricity this can result in ‘flash-over’ to other metals within or on the structure. This can take place even without a direct strike because all materials that can conduct lightning pick up static even if the storm is several miles away.
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Your Lightning Protection Questions Answered
Lightning protection is an essential aspect of any comprehensive fire protection system. Regular testing and inspections of lightning conductors is not only a legal requirement but also necessary to ensure that the system is working correctly and that your property and its occupants are protected from the potentially devastating effects of lightning strikes.
We also understand that business owners may have questions about how often to test their lightning conductors and what the testing process involves. That’s why we’ve created this short FAQ to answer some of your questions.
A lightning protection test (LPT) involves all lightning conductors and earth grounding installations being visually inspected and tested by a qualified electrical engineer. Each individual earth grounding point and its conductors are electronically tested for resistance to ground.
It should be inspected every 12 months. However, for true overall accuracy - tests should be carried out in all weather scenarios. 11 month inspections help with this.
Lightning conductor testing helps to ensure that your property and its occupants are protected from the potentially devastating effects of lightning strikes. It can also help to extend the life of your lightning protection system and prevent costly damage and downtime.
Lightning conductor testing should be performed by a qualified and experienced lightning protection professional. Attempting to test or repair a lightning protection system without the proper knowledge and training can be dangerous and may result in damage to the system or injury to individuals. Businesses should always hire a certified professional to conduct lightning conductor testing and make any necessary repairs or upgrades to the system.