Information on Lightning Protection in the state of Maryland
Averaging around 30-40 days of thunderstorms and 88,188 cloud to ground lightning strikes annually, Maryland ranks in the top half of cloud to ground lightning strikes per square mile in the United States at 8.9 strikes per square mile. From 2008-2011, ten people have been injured from lightning and two have died from injuries sustained from a lightning strike in Maryland.
On July 25, 2011 a fast moving storm hit Maryland producing lightning and damaged two structures. In one case, the lightning struck a tree and a propane tank that caused a fire that took about 60 fire fighters to battle and did $250,000 in damages. In the same storm system, but a separate incident, lightning struck a farmhouse and caused about $25,000 in damages. The best way to avoid the loss of life or property from lightning strikes is by installing lightning rods and a lightning protection system on your buildings.
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.
September 03, 2014 Lightning struck the roof of an apartment complex in Laurel, MD., which resulted in 14 apartments being evacuated due to the fire.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms