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Lightning Protection

Each year, more than one million trees in the United States are struck by lightning. The frequency of lightning storms in east Texas, especially near the Gulf coast, is among the country’s highest.

What many people don’t realize is that lightning not only poses a risk to trees, but to adjacent structures as well. Damage to structures can occur when lightning strikes a tree and then side-flashes (“jumps”) to more conductive materials such as downspouts and other metal objects. Houses with trees within ten feet of the structure and taller than the roof are most at risk to damage from side-flashes.

We offer lightning protection systems that can minimize the risk of damage from a strike. These systems use copper conductors connected to a ground rod to reduce tree damage and conduct the electrical charge to the earth where the energy is dispersed. They have an excellent record of protecting trees and they reduce the risk of a side-flash to adjacent structures.

In fact, lightning rarely damages trees outfitted with a system that has been installed in accordance to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) A300 Standards, which were adopted by The Tree Care Industry Association. While lightning strikes are unpredictable and protection cannot be guaranteed, systems are effective and affordable under these standards.

Lightning protection systems should be inspected annually to ensure they are intact. Systems will require servicing to extend conductors and replace fasteners to accommodate growth of the trees in which they are installed. 

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