A bolt of lightning can destroy a tree in less than a second. Trees can be blown apart, stripped of their bark, or set on fire by lightning strikes. People or animals standing under a tree can be killed when lightning strikes the tree.
It has been observed over the years that some trees are more likely to be struck than others. Trees that stand alone in open landscapes, the tallest trees in an area, or trees standing on a hill have a higher probability of being struck by lightning.
Many circumstances warrant protecting a tree from lightning. Historic trees, trees of great economic value, or large trees within 10 feet of a structure are all candidates for lightning protection. Trees on a golf course or in a park where people seek refuge during a storm should also be equipped with lightning protection systems.
ArborNature's lightning protection system consists of a series of copper conductors that extend from the top of the tree down the main branches and trunk, and out beyond the tree underground where they are grounded. All lightning protection hardware used in trees by ArborNature has been approved by the National Fire Protection Association or the Lightning Protection Institute.
ArborNature recommends that lightning protection systems be inspected annually. When a tree has grown significantly past the air terminals, the conductor cables and terminals should be extended to ensure maximum protection. Annual inspections include a check of all splices and connections to ensure a continuous flow of current.
To learn more about ArborNature's lightning protection service and how it can protect the trees on your property from lightning damage, contact us online or call the ArborNature office today.