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» frequently asked questions


1. Don't lightning rods actually attract lightning?

No; they neither attract nor repel lightning. In the event of a strike, a protection system simply creates a pre-determined path of low resistance to ground, facilitating a harmless discharge of the lightning strike.

2. Our home is grounded; doesn't that protect us?

No; a house may be grounded to assure electrical safety; however, grounding is not intended to prevent lightning damage.

3. Our antenna is grounded; doesn't that protect us?

No; an antenna is not designed to handle a lightning strike and, instead, allows dangerous current to enter the home.

4. Don't our trees protect our home?

No; many times after trees are struck, the lightning is side-flashed to the house.

5. Can't we install our own lightning protection?

No; an improperly-installed system may be dangerous. Lightning protection is a very specialized industry requiring trained technicians. A proper system takes into account your home's design, construction, electrical components, soil condition, location and more.

6. Won't it ruin the aesthetics of our home?

No; the system can be concealed within the walls during the construction stage. For existing homes, conductors can be semi-concealed.

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Before hiring an lightning protection company, verify that the installer is UL Listed. Call the Follow-Up Services department at UL's office:

333 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-8800