September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the perfect time to sharpen your storm survival skills. Knowing what to do before the storm hits is often the most important step you can take in protecting your family, property and community. The fall months are typically prime time for weather disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms. […]

The provocative title from the classic western starring Clint Eastwood just might reflect a theme that’s become all too common in the world of construction; and sometimes seen in the world of lightning protection, too.  How does a consumer separate the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to lightning protection? Here are a few […]

July is typically the most dangerous month for lightning in the U.S. According the National Weather Service, more than 30 % of all lightning deaths and injuries occur in July. Property losses are typically at their peak in July, as well with lightning losses ranging from fires which destroy entire structures–to surges that damage sensitive […]

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week and partnering groups across the country are once again joining forces to promote public awareness about lightning safety and lightning protection. The LSA Week campaign began in 2001 when NOAA and the National Weather Service launched an annual initiative to increase awareness about the dangers of lightning and provide the […]

LSAW Boiler Plates

by Sarah Murphy on June 16, 2014

About the Lightning Protection Institute The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is a not-for-profit nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection installation in accordance with national safety standards. LPI certifies individuals for the installation of lightning protection systems through a Master Installer testing […]

LSAW Fact Sheet

June 16, 2014

I. WHAT IS LIGHTNING? Lightning is a visible electrical discharge that occurs within a cloud, between two clouds, or between a cloud and the surface of the earth. As lightning passes through the air it heats the air quickly. This causes the air to expand rapidly and creates the sound wave we hear as thunder. […]

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LSAW Personal Lightning Safety

June 16, 2014

Most lightning victims are steps away from lightning safety, so don’t be apathetic about lightning. Remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! You are not safe anywhere outside. Run to a safe building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark threatening clouds developing overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the […]

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National Electrical Safety Month Reminder: Surge Protectors Alone are Not Designed to Handle a Direct Lightning Strike!

May 9, 2014

May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is joining the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety. Naturally, our focus is lightning. Lightning is an underrated and often forgotten electrical hazard, even though the most powerful electrical surges are typically caused by lightning. […]

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Trades Dabbling in Lightning Protection Quickly Learn that the Devil is in the Details.

April 10, 2014

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 […]

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Questions & Answers about Lightning Protection Inspections: Why Third Party Review is Important for your System!

March 11, 2014

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 […]

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