Information on Lightning Protection in the state of New Mexico
Depending on the part of New Mexico you are in, there are averages of 10-50 days of thunderstorms a year! That is one of the biggest days of thunderstorm range in the US. With all those days of thunderstorms, New Mexico averaged about 808,537 cloud to ground lightning strikes in lightning strikes in 2010! That equates to about 6.64 strikes per square mile!
A major part of the New Mexico economy is directly related to the outdoors. Wether it be oil exploration, hunting adventures or tourism, you must remain diligent when being outdoors if a thunderstorm is approaching. In 2009 alone, two people were killed by injuries directly related to lightning strikes and eleven more were injured!
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 07, 2015: A wildfire sparked by lightning burned around 6,000 acres in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, involving several fire engines, firefighters and helicopters.
December 10, 2014: Two lightning strikes hit power lines and caused a power outage lasting several hours, affecting over 2,000 in Grant County, NM. Radio station KNFT was also without power and went off the air.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms