Lightning Rods, Protection in Pennsylvania
In 1752 lightning rods were installed on, what is now, Independence Hall in Philadelphia after Benjamin Franklin invented and tested them. Pennsylvania is the birth place of lightning rods and the father of lightning protection systems.
At 46,055 sq miles, Pennsylvania is the 33th largest state in the US by area and is ranked number 26 for cloud to ground lightning strikes, with an average of 307,045 annually. The state also sees about 10 thunderstorms a year touch down.
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 and burned part of the roof of the Callebaut Chocolate Company in Eddystone, PA. Firefighters from 5 other townships were called also. The strike was located in a part of the building that wasn't being used so no Chocolate was lost.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms