It’s unlikely that you’d hire a roofer to service your appliance repairs or contract with a plumber to handle electrical wiring for your home or business. So, isn’t it common sense to apply the same logic for your lightning protection system installations?  After all, a single bolt of lightning can generate up to 200 kA […]

Just as inspections are a standard practice in the world of construction, it’s understood in the lightning protection industry that lightning protection systems must be inspected following completion of their installation.  Third party inspection is the cornerstone for quality assurance.  Independent review provides the purest evidence that the installing contractor has met all industry guidelines […]

  Media accounts of lightning striking a station tower at Baltimore’s main airport and injuring an air traffic controller last September have exposed new safety concerns for airports.  Has this incident exposed a vulnerability at our country’s airports, where air traffic controllers are called upon to coordinate thousands of flights each day?  The Federal Aviation […]

“They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust.  They teach us, and we tend them.” -  Galeain ip Altiem MacDunelmor    Are you tending to your trees?  Even if you aren’t a full-fledged tree-hugger, you probably know that lightning is nature’s predator.  Lightning damages and […]

The oldest and most comprehensive safety standard for lightning protection has been updated to address several new industry developments.  The recently-released 2014 edition of NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems includes several new applications and requirements for projects specifying lightning protection. NFPA 780 was adopted by the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) […]

Mitigation Call to Action: Support the Disaster Savings Accounts Act of 2013!

November 27, 2013

Did you know that disaster safety experts estimate that for every dollar a homeowner invests in mitigation, the return can yield up to seven times the amount in measurable savings? So to use lightning protection as an example, a $3,000 lightning protection system can save a homeowner over $20,000 in damages connected with a single […]

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Fire Prevention Campaign Effort Provides $100,000 in Lightning Protection System Donations for Fire Stations!

October 18, 2013

A lot can happen in a year in the world of lightning protection; especially when LPI members get together to support safety and their communities.  A campaign that began last fall to support Sparky the Fire Dog’s “Wish List” has now successfully provided complimentary lightning protection systems for over half a dozen fire stations in […]

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Building Lightning Safe Communities Goes Global with the Haiti Project

September 17, 2013

  Haiti is no stranger to severe weather and natural disasters. In recent years, devastating earthquakes, hurricanes and floods have taken their toll on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Our neighbors some 700 miles off the Florida coastline are also extremely vulnerable to a common weather threat that can impact their lives and […]

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Partners Load the Bases & Pitch “Play it Safe” for Lightning Awareness Outreach!

August 19, 2013

  When partners load the bases to pinch hit for lightning awareness outreach, safety scores a home run! This is what happened when partners from nonprofit organizations across the country came together in Boston to promote the 2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign. Historically speaking, the months of June, July and August are the deadliest […]

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Building Lightning Safe Communities with a Little Help from Architects, Firefighters, Meteorologists & Red Sox Fans!

July 16, 2013

    2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week kick-off with South Metro Fire Rescue and partners. Oh, and let’s not forget Governor John Hickenlooper! So what do architects, firefighters, meteorologists, Red Sox fans and Governor John Hickenlooper have in common? They were all part of the “Building Lightning Safe Communities” campaign effort in conjunction with Lightning […]

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