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Lightning Protection for trees has been used as far back as the 1800's. 
Years ago when trees were more plentiful, it did not seem as important to protect them
from one of nature's most destructive forces - Lightning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why Aren't More Trees Protected?
 
It is basically a matter of education and public awareness.  Many owners have had valuable trees struck and damaged or destroyed by lightning were basically not aware Lightning Protection Systems for trees.  "I didn't know I could protect them, why didn't someone tell me?" is a very common remark.  Unfortunately, many tree expert firms have not aggressively added lightning protection to their established business.
 
 
What Trees Should I Protect?
 
The trees which you value most for historical or sentimental reasons or trees near a valuable building or residence that aesthetically adds value to your property.
 
 
 
How Does A Lightning Protection System For Trees Work?
 
The same principle as a lightning protection system on a building. A tree lightning protection system does not attract lightning nor does it prevent a lightning strike from occurring. A tree system intercepts the lightning bolt between the cloud and the earth and harmlessly conducts it to ground without damage to the tree.

 

Will A System In My Trees Also Protect My House?

No. A tree system will protect the tree only. If someone is interested in protection on a nearby house or out building, one should consider a separate system for this structure. If the tree is near the house, then the two systems should be interconnected to provide a common ground.

 

How Many Years Will A Lightning Protection System For Trees Last?

10, 20 or 30 years or more! With periodic checks and inspection, the system should last as long as you own the property. Many systems in trees surrounding historic landmarks or in recreational areas, such as Mount Vernon, Washington's home, Monticello, Jefferson's home, and the Hermitage, Jackson's home have all been in service from 50-100 years. In some instances, the tree growth has encompassed the copper down-lead cables and conductors and the systems are now concealed. This does not impair the efficiency of the system and the stately trees.

For new installations, IPC recommends that periodic maintenance checks be done every 3-5 years.  Checking the system for broken cable and/or connections and make additional runs of cable or install additional air terminals if growth has taken place. It is also good to have the cable exposed and not overgrown by growth from the tree. Drive fasteners can be pulled out to eliminate this type of condition. Another good check is to make sure no damage has occurred to the downlead cable at the base of the tree from lawnmowers or weed trimmers. A maintenance check on the system is much easier to do if the entire system is exposed and visible.

 
 
                                                                                                              
 
                                                                                               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diagram of Lightning Protection System
 
 
 
        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For More Information On The Lightning Protection System
 
 
Call:  870-774-5206
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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