What Homeowners Need to Know about Lightning and its Fire Risk

  In Support of National Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14 This past summer, lightning-sparked fires claimed the lives of homeowners in several U.S. states. Fortunately, property owners can prevent these tragic fires with the installation of a professionally-installed, NFPA 780 compliant lightning protection system (LPS). It’s the middle of the night when you and your […]

The Construction Specifier – May 2017 Issue

The dynamic duo of ECLE’s Jennifer Morgan & Michael Chusid, RA, FCSI, CCS have teamed up again for the cover story in the May 2017 edition of The Construction Specifier – The Official Magazine of CSI. The 11-page article is titled “Lightning Protection and Reroofing Projects: How Not to Get Shocked.” You can find the […]

Lightning Protection Systems for Re-roofing Projects

The importance of trade coordination & expert consultation Lightning protection systems (LPS) are sophisticated networks that incorporate strike termination devices, lightning current conductors, bonding conductors, grounding electrodes and lightning surge protection devices. While the lightning risk for a structure is often the product of the lightning frequency and the consequence of the strike to the […]

Lightning Protection System Maintenance and Industry Requirements for Best Practices

  While most facilities have upkeep provisions or periodic maintenance programs for their building systems, a lightning protection system check-up, can fall through the cracks. The vast majority of operations managers and building owners aren’t familiar with industry requirements and recommendations designed to ensure system safety and effectiveness. In this Tech Letter, the Lightning Protection […]

When Lightning Strikes

“When Lightning Strikes.” is featured in the October 2016 edition of Modern Steel Construction.

National Fire Protection Week

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that home fires account for $6-8 billion in property damage in the U.S. Many of these fires are preventable, including those sparked by lightning; an underrated and often overlooked fire risk. Lightning-sparked fires that occur in the darkness of night, can be difficult to detect; particularly if the […]


Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) is thinner than traditional black iron gas pipelines and can be perforated when exposed to the high voltages associated with nearby lightning strikes. Perforation can lead to gas leakage and possible ignition. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently determined that the existing bonding requirements in the NFPA gas […]

Tree Trivia

Trees are valuable parts of a property owner’s landscape.  Damage from lightning is a common occurrence in Virginia.  Lightning damage can come from a direct hit or a side flash.  Damage to trees and other shrubs can vary from slight limb or twig damage to total annihilation.  Lightning’s electrical charge can boil the liquid sap, […]