Lightning protection was first used by Benjamin Franklin to initially protect his own home as an experiment, then to protect the Academy of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania State House in 1752. The science behind lightning protection has since grown with scientists studying everything from the best ends to lighting rods to initiating lightning strikes inside storm clouds by using lasers to create ionised air.
The latest standards and regulations incorporate over 200 years of scientific research and provide the only way to reliably and consistently protect your building from lightning damage.
The Empire State Building is one of the most familiar examples of this.
Harfield are happy to advise you about Lightning Protection Systems and what British Standards are required.
Does Lightning Protection Really Work?
The Empire State Building in New York City (USA) is one of the most famous buildings in the world and a great example of lightning protection working. It is on average struck by lightning about 100 times every year. Lightning protection prevents these strikes from causing damage to the building and its contents.