IET Brunei hosts talk on lightning protection

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THE Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei Network held a talk last night to raise awareness on the importance of electrical safety, including protection against lightning, an electrical hazard that is often underestimated.

It was delivered by an invited speaker from ABB Singapore, a firm that provides lightning protection solutions, at the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO VOCTECH) building in Gadong.

In his talk entitled ‘The Importance of Lightning & Surge Protection and The Importance of Safe Design for Step and Touch Voltage’, Lung Kwan, Senior Product Marketing Manager at ABB, said it is important for businesses and organisations to know about the threat of lightning to their technical systems and buildings.

He said without protection against lightning, organisations and businesses expose themselves to building damage, personal injuries and also death, adding that it is important to have a lightning protection system installed.

“If you don’t (have any protection), if there’s a direct (lightning) strike, there’s nothing you can do because the energy from the lightning will travel from the ground and (damage) your television, modem and other appliances,” he said.

In an interview with The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the talk, Kwan stressed that the vulnerability of homes and buildings to lightning’s harmful electricity should not be understated.

“A lightning strike to an unprotected structure can be disastrous, and a single strike can cost thousands of dollars (worth of damage), with losses ranging from damage to expensive electronics to fires that can destroy entire buildings,” he said.

He said countries in the ASEAN region including Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia still need to be more aware of lightning protection standards.

He also said that managers of older buildings should have their lightning protection systems re-inspected repeatedly to avoid mishaps.

Another talk will be held today organised by ABB Brunei and TSK Sdn Bhd at Eng Ho Complex on Jalan Tungku.

The Brunei Times