Every year, thousands of trees get struck by lightning. This not only poses a risk to the tree, but also its surroundings. Often trees are located in close proximity to structures, including residences. Minimize the risk of damage from a strike with the installation of a lightning protection system by a professional. Lightning protection is the installation of copper conductors to a ground rod to reduce damage to the tree and conduct the electrical charge to the ground where the energy is dispersed.
SkyView Tree Experts installs lightning protection in accordance with ANSI A300 standards (American National Standards Institute), which were adopted by TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association). While lightning strikes are unpredictable, and protection cannot be guaranteed, this system is effective and affordable under these standards.
Lightning Protection systems should be inspected annually by a professional. They require servicing periodically to accommodate the growth of the tree.
A tree that has been struck by lightning should be inspected immediately by a Certified Arborist to assess the health of the tree and evaluate the tree's structural integrity. Trees that have been severely damaged should be removed immediately to avoid potential failures. Lightning strikes not only damage branches and stems but can also majorly impact the tree's roots, making the tree more susceptible to drought.