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Q:  What is lightning protection?
A:   A lightning protection system shields a home or building by providing the
lightning current with a direct path into the ground. A properly designed and installed
system prevents death, and injury and property damage.


Q:  What’s the difference between lightning protection and
     surge protection?

A:  Surge protection shields sensitive electronics inside a structure while lightning
protection externally protects against structural damage. Lightning protection also
helps with grounding destructive surges. For complete protection against lightning
damage, Guardian Equipment Company and other third parties recommend installation
of a lightning protection system AND a surge protection system.


Q: What types of trees should be protected from lightning?
A:  If lightning strikes a nearby tree, it could sideflash and cause serious damage
to your home or building. Trees recommended for lightning protection include tall
trees within 10 feet of a building; older and mature trees often found in parks
and historic sites; and any large trees on private property that are valued
by the owners.


Q:  Can lightning strike the same place twice?
A:  On average, there are 30 to 60 lightning strikes within 2.5 miles of the average
home in the Midwest. It is not unusual for lightning to repeatedly hit the same
neighborhood and subdivision. In some cases, the same house has been hit
multiple times.  


Q:  Do lightning protection systems attract lightning?
A:  No. These systems including the air terminals (“lightning rods”) neither attract
nor repel lightning. A properly designed and installed lightning protection system by
Guardian Equipment Company provides a safe path for the lightning.


Q:  What is the cost of a home lightning protection system?
A:  There are many factors that go into estimating the cost of a system for a
residential structure. Cost variables include the design of the home such as the
roof pitch and height, number of chimneys and size of dormers. Each house has
its own lightning protection design, components and installation procedures which
meet UL, the National Fire Protection Association and Lightning Protection Institute
standards. There’s a significant cost savings if the system is installed during the
construction phase. Lightning protection is a worthwhile investment that offers
peace of mind and can protect your family, pets, home and valuables from disaster.


Q:  Do homeowner insurance policies cover lightning damage?
A:  Generally, most homeowner policies cover property damage caused by lightning.
However, many insurance companies may deny future claims caused by another
lightning strike and/or may not renew your policy. Each company and policy is different
so be sure to thoroughly review your policy with your insurance or legal professional.

A home being
installed with a
lightning protection