Lightning Protection in Illinois
With an estimated population of 12,830,632, Illinois is the 5th most populous state and the 12th densest state (per square mile). Illinois also sees an average of 51 days of thunderstorms that bring with them a wallop. In a 35 year period, Illinois had 85 lightning related deaths, 275 injuries and 412 damage reports.
Illinois has a very robust economy with manufacturing on the top of the list. Agriculture also has an economical importance to the state and you will see that more and more buildings are getting lightning protection installed by a licensed Lightning Protection Systems Installer to prevent loss from lightning strikes.
KLP offers a full line of UL Listed Lightning Protection System Materials that meet or exceed the criteria set forth by UL96A, NFPA 780 and LPI-175. Give us a call today at 800-370-5886 to see how we can assist you in the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of your system.
June 22, 2015 When a tree was struck by lightning it shattered a window, buckled a garage door and damaged wiring and insulation in a home in Buffalo Grove, ILlinois. No one was injured but it was recommended that home owners replace all electrical wiring to be safe.
May 11, 2015 A propane tank, struck by lightning, exploded and ignited a nearby barn which had tractors and seeds in it. The barn and its contents were totally destroyed.
March 25, 2015 Lightning stuck an apartment building in Belleville, Illinois which caused severe damage due to a resulting fire.
October 1, 2014 Fire caused by a lightning strike burned down a historic church in Perry, Ill. built in 1871. Due to the fire being in the roof and attic the firefighters couldn't save it as they didn't have an aerial fire truck and the water mains only produced 300 gallons of water a minute.
September 5, 2014 A Lightning storm in the Chicago area caused over 100,000 power outages, blew over a wall of Chik-Fil-A restaurant under constructions, as well as knocking down several trees and power lines.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms