Lightning strikes are one of nature’s most destructive elements. A single lightning bolt can carry up to 1 billion volts of energy. Lightning Protection Systems are designed to give this energy a safe and low impedance path to earth. Our experienced engineers will assess the risks for your particular building and design a lightning protection system that will offer complete protection. If you have a design in place, we can evaluate your protection device to ensure you are best protected.
It is important that Lightning Protection Systems are correctly designed and installed by specialist engineers. A lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage due to lighting strike by intercepting such strikes and safely passing their extremely high voltage to ground.
Surge protection is often recommended and installed to protect all systems within the building including:
- Power Distribution Panels
- Process Control Systems
- Building Management Systems
- Fire & Security Systems
- Communications Systems
A surge protector is an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.
For full protection, it is highly recommend that an earthing system is in place as it plays a vital role in co-ordinating your lightning and surge protection system together. This particular system is responsible for safely dispersing the lightning currents to ground. as well as playing a fundamental role in the ef-fective operation of surge protection devices.
Testing & Maintenance
All Lightning Protection Systems must be fully inspected and tested in accordance with the standards laid down in BS EN 62305. This should be done when the installation is completed and on a regular basis thereafter. Woodward Group recommends testing of lightning protection systems every eleven months due to the variations in seasonal conditions which can significantly affect the performance of the lightning protection system.
A certificate of compliance will be issued after the inspection detailing and documenting the lighting protection system and the testing process. Any observations and recommendations will be highlighted in a post-inspection report.
You can then rest in the knowledge that your building, systems and its electrical contents are safe.