Understanding how to discern common lightning safety myths is critical for any business in the oil and gas industry. Many claims are widely spread online about lightning protection that only contains partial truths, and some of these claims are completely false. Taking the additional time to learn the truth about lightning protection is well worth the extra effort for any company that desires to receive the best protection from a lightning storm.
Here are just a few examples of the most common lightning safety myths protection.
#1 Metal Attracts Lightning
Many people are under the false assumption that metal attracts lightning and that are you more likely to be struck by lightning if you are near or holding a metal object. However, metal does not attract lightning, as this is just one of many lightning safety myths. Metal does conduct lightning’s electricity but it will not attract lightning strikes. The best solution is to always take cover indoors during a storm that has the potential to produce lightning.
#2 Rubber Protects You From Lightning
Another widely spread myth about lightning is that rubber soles or the rubber tires on a vehicle will protect you from a lightning storm. Contrary to popular belief, rubber offers no additional protection from a lightning strike. This is just another myth about lightning. Instead, the entire structure of a vehicle provides additional protection if you are not touching anything metal inside the car.
#3 Lightning Never Strikes Twice in the Same Place
One of the most common lightning safety myths is that it never strikes twice in the same location. However, a lightning strike can occur anywhere and strike the same place multiple times. The United States has over 40 million lightning strikes each year, and it is essential to follow the safety and compliance regulations in your industry to protect your employees and your business from any lightning strikes. Investing in lightning protection can also provide an additional layer of protection from a lightning strike and is well worth the costs for any company in the oil and gas industry.
#4 Lightning Protection is Simple & Easy to Install
Choosing to purchase lightning protection equipment is an excellent decision, but you should never try to install this equipment on your own. Instead, a professional lightning protection company will conduct site surveys and or risk assessments around your business and install equipment that best meets the needs of your company. A licensed professional will also test the equipment on a regular basis to ensure that everything is working properly.
Lightning Master Separates Lightning Safety Myths From The Facts
Lightning safety myths are widespread. It is important to educate yourself on the truth about lightning and lightning protection systems. Lightning Master Technology focuses on creating equipment that specializes in limiting lightning strikes and protecting the infrastructure on job sites.
We have over 35 years of experience in the lightning protection industry. It is our mission to provide your company access to the latest technology that will keep your facilities and employees safe and secure from lightning strikes. We have also created state-of-the-art innovations, like our MAGS®, Air Terminals®, and “Fuzzy Balls®.” Of course, we are always looking for ways to improve our products and lightning protection systems.
You can contact us at (727) 447-6800 for additional information regarding lightning safety myths and commercial lightning protection systems and schedule a free consultation today!