First Strike

The Mobile Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners uses lightning dissipaters, ½-inch diameter, 18-inch-long rods made of stainless steel that return small lightning strikes back into the atmosphere (larger strikes are routed to ground rods). Photos: McCrory & Williams Inc.

Transient voltage surge suppressors should be installed on all AC and DC electrical circuits, including the power-source side and the load side of the transfer switch that's used to switch from the utility company to a generator.

Surge suppressors, such as this one mounted to an antenna cable, should be part of any complete lightning protection system.

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