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January 26, 2016

Guidelines for Installing Lightning Protection within Hazardous Environments – NexTek White Paper

2000px-EX-logo_svgHave you ever wondered if it was possible to install lightning and surge protection within or nearby to a Hazardous Environment? If so, what sort of factors are important to be aware of during
system design and maintenance?  Are you familiar with NEC, NFPA, or ANSI Explosive Atmosphere Ratings but unsure about how to apply them to surge protection?

The white paper begins with a basic review of Hazardous Environment ratings and classes, as different Hazardous Area ratings could require different technical solutions between them. Beyond explaining the basics of the existing rating system, this article covers how to make a judgment about whether an arrestor can be installed safely in a given location (while maintaining Hazardous Environment requirements compliance.)

Last but not least, there is a checklist of Factors to consider when reviewing a specific application and potential install location within a system. Use these guidelines to carry your own analysis as far as possible, in order to make the proper design and component selection choices.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Lightning Protection in Hazardous Environments then please get in touch with us directly!

Learn More

Technical Note – NexTek Arrestors – Lightning Protection in or near Hazardous Environments (.PDF)

Wikipedia – Electrical Equipment In Hazardous Areas (link)

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