Information on Lightning Protection in the State Washington
The western part of Washington sees much more rain than the eastern part. Some parts in the west see 180-200 inches a year, while some parts in the eastern part of the state see 5-10 inches annually! Although Washington ranks in the far end for lightning related injuries and casualties, it is important to still install a lightning protection system in your home, office, farm or other buildings.
In the past 50 years, 5 people have been killed by lightning related causes, placing it #50 for population weighed lightning statistics. Statistically, Washington does not see the thunderstorms that states east of the Rockies see, but they still have them. Washington sees about 21,309 cloud to ground lightning strikes annually. There were three straight days of thunderstorms from May 15-17, 2003 and a woman was injured by lightning. No matter how safe you think you are during a thunderstorm, remember there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm.
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 27, 2015 A lightning strike started a fire in the Olympic National Park along the Queets River, in Northwest Washington.
May 2015 Lightning is being blamed for a wildfire in Olympic National Park in Washington.
April 1, 2015 Lightning struck a tree in Federal Way, Washington, causing an electrical surge in a nearby house which blew out circuits on a breaker panel and ruptured a gas line as well as blowing sheetrock off the walls and other damage.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms