Information on Lightning Protection in the state of Montana
Being the 4th largest state in the Union and the 7th least populous, Montana is a vast state. Being such a large state, Montana has a wide range of weather. Averaging 358,471 cloud to ground lightning strikes annually Montana sees numerous forest fires started by lightning annually. In 2000, lightning started a fire that burned 61,000 acres and caused an estimated $16,258,725 in damage!
Many of the old farm structures throughout Montana have a lightning rod system installed, however most of these systems are in dire need of maintenance. If you have an existing lightning rod system it is important that you have it inspected every few years to make sure it is up to standards.
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.
March 2, 2015: A fire in a coal seam caused by a lightning strike that had been burning for 70 years in Treasure County, Montana, was finally put out. The homesteaders in that area originally used the coal that was lying close to the surface to heat their homes.