The possibility of damage from a lightning strike is tremendous for any firm. The severity of damage most definitely leads to extended-duration outage and while the firm acquired new equipment to restore services, it was the service disruption that caused the greatest grief, not only the financial well being of your company is affected but to your reputation for reliability and customer service, thus no firm wants to lose the use of its equipment and the ability to operate at full capacity.
According to a recent 2009 report from The National Lightning Safety Institute...lightning damage is responsible for $5 billion (estimated) in insurance losses annually.
It's safe to say, much of the damage is to electrical and electronic equipment. It is also safe to say much of this damage could have been avoided or mitigated with the proper lightning surge protection systems in place.
Using the right surge protection systems placed in the right location is an integral part of any lightning surge protection program.
The pictures below show a couple examples of damage resulting from unprotected electrical and electronic systems.
Since the occurrance of this damage...measures have been taken to protect these and additional systems using high quality high performance protection equipment.
Using the best surge protector options could
have protected against these damages!
The two images above are a damaged circuit board - front and back view. Notice the burn in the lower left corner of the left image. The second image shows the same damage from the back side.
These two images are of a similar circuit board, but have different damage. Again, the images are views of the front and back sides. Notice the burn damage on the center circuits near the bottom of both images.
The above pictures represent thousands of dollars in equipment damage. The amount of down-time, repair costs and other overhead can add up very quickly as well.
When put together...the cost of damage to equipment, lost revenues overall temporary increased costs and loss of production can reach into the ten's of thousands of dollars - if not much more...
It doesn't have to be that way.
Don't let this happen to your electronics or electrical systems...