Lightning Alarm System Installed at Edison Ford


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director

Lightning Alarm System Installed at Edison Ford

 FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 22, 2016) -- Edison & Ford Winter Estates now has a lightning detection system to help warn visitors of impending lightning strikes that accompany summertime thunderstorms. This new system, from Thor Guard, includes lightning rods that sit atop the museum and ticket building and other locations throughout the site, as well as a siren. Edison Ford is also equipped with security cameras from Expert Security Services, Inc. 

To ensure visitor safety, Edison Ford closes the riverside of the property should lightning strike within 10 miles of the estates. Edison Ford security staff uses the WeatherBug lightning detector app to identify lightning and monitor and track area storms. Any visitors that are on the riverside of the property will be escorted to safe buildings, such as the museum, and the riverside gates are locked until it is deemed safe for visitors to continue touring. 

"We may be overly diligent, but visitor safety is our first concern," said Chris Pendleton, president and CEO. "For years we have watched weather maps to monitor storms without the technology of sirens and lightning detectors. With the new systems, we’ll be able to better monitor the weather and prepare for impending thunderstorms," added Pendleton. 

David LaCroix, security chief; Brent Newman, site curator; Rob Solomon, facilities director; visitor services staff; and Edison Ford information technology guru, Tom Hottovy have all been instrumental in securing this new technology. 

During the summer rainy season, visitors should check the status of open areas at the estates before arriving.

"The Museum is always open and sometimes in the summertime, we err on the side of caution while we watch storms move across southwest Florida," said Pendleton.

For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit


 Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at