Advancing Building Safety: Why it’s important to include lightning protection in the resilient “smart home” model.

This “Smart Home” model which includes lightning protection, was featured in a recently released paper by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes-FLASH. The paper, “Understanding the Intersection of Resilience, Big Data, and the Internet of Things in the Changing Insurance Marketplace” reveals how the disaster-resilience movement is being advanced through the creation and sharing of valuable data and resources. Visit to access a copy of the full report.

November 11, 2015 — Lightning is the weather threat that affects most people, most of the time in the U.S.  Yet, lightning is not considered to be a “natural disaster” and despite its impact to people, property, homes and businesses, this common weather peril is often overlooked as a threat worthy of mitigation.

A recently released “Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report” by RealtyTrac® (, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, found that “35.8 million U.S. single family homes and condos are located in counties with high or very high natural hazard risk.” Statistics like these sound the alarm to end the “build-destroy-rebuild” cycle of the past, which has only served to cost taxpayers money without providing a mechanism for much-needed prevention. While specific weather threats may be rare in certain regions of the country, lightning is prevalent just about everywhere, so its impact should be considered and addressed.

When the goal is comprehensive resiliency for homes and structures, it’s not just an “ounce of prevention” that will provide the cure. Designers, builders and code officials are increasingly mindful of practices that provide resistance to natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires–but what about lightning? Even the most safety-conscious designer, may not have considered this risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. The massive power of lightning’s electrical charge and intense heat can induce destructive power surges through home circuitry, burn holes in CSST gas piping, explode brick and roofing materials, and ignite house fires. Lightning is also unique in that it doesn’t discriminate state by state, as most regions in the U.S. are highly susceptible to lightning strikes. Since lightning strikes more than 250,000 times per year and the vast majority of homes in the U.S. do not have lightning protection systems, there is a real potential for danger and destruction.

While it’s true that lightning losses are generally a covered peril in most property insurance policies, no homeowner relishes the idea of having to replace treasured belongings and valuable electronics due to a lightning-induced fire or power surge. Lightning protection is often one of the least expensive improvements that homeowners can purchase, and it can provide the best type of insurance–peace of mind and protection for family, home and valuables.

A lightning protection system provides a network of low resistance paths to safely intercept lightning’s dangerous electricity and direct it to ground without impact to the structure or its occupants. When lightning’s electricity is confined to a properly designed conductive path via a lightning protection system (e.g. roof network, grounding, bonding and surge protection) damage can be minimized or eliminated. Providing this low resistance path means the lightning does not try to fight its way through non-conductive building materials like wood, brick, rubber, etc. which can spark fires and even explosions.

When advancing building resiliency and disaster safety, it’s important that designers, builders and code officials don’t overlook lightning protection as part of the “smart home” model. Just as smart homes provide the ultimate in safety and comfort, lightning protection systems provide the ultimate in peace of mind to ensure those state-of-the-art energy collection methods and home automation systems don’t fall prey to damage by direct or nearby lightning strikes. Lightning’s harmful surges can zap, interrupt and damage these internal building systems and the ensuing repairs can result in homeowner headaches and costly service fees. A single bolt of lightning can pack over 100 million volts of electricity—which can strike a serious blow to even the smartest home. (Smart home automation systems can have a hard time functioning on on lightning-fried brain cells!)

Not only is lightning protection effective and affordable, but it provides another measure to improve building safety, resiliency, sustainability and efficiency. Specifying lightning protection systems for smart homes is an important way that designers can help build lightning safe communities. With lightning hitting the earth over 100 times per second, underestimating the lightning risk or overlooking the lightning protection for the smart home is just plain stupid.

Fire Prevention Month is the right time to assess the benefits of smoke alarms and lightning protection systems.


Do you have a working smoke alarm in your bedroom? Can you “hear the beep where you sleep?” If not, now is the time to assess your smoke alarms—and it’s not enough to just check or replace the batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that originate in the bedroom. It’s a scary statistic, and it’s the reason NFPA’s Fire Prevention Month campaign is encouraging homeowners to install smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level; including basements and attics. NFPA is also stressing the importance of testing smoke alarms monthly and urging families to make an escape plan a priority, since in a fire situation, every second counts!

The NFPA estimates that home fires account for $7 billion in property loss in the U.S. Thunderstorm-sparked fires that occur in the darkness of night, can be difficult to detect; especially if the fire originates in the attic, basement or electrical panel. These fires can be especially destructive, when lightning ignites a home fire in one of the following ways:

  • Through a direct strike
  • In an arc discharge between two conductive objects at different induced potentials
  • By a current surge in circuitry and electrical equipment
  • By the overflow of substantial electrical current which causes overheating, melting or vaporizing of metal
  • By arcing of lightning current from conductors at high-resistance grounds
  • Through lightning puncturing pinholes in CSST gas piping

A typical lightning strike can pack up to 200 kA of electrical energy (100 million volts of power), and it’s not uncommon to read news accounts about lightning igniting late night home fires in many areas of the country. Just prior to posting this blog, lightning struck a home in Ancaster, N.Y., sparking a 2:00 a.m. fire in the home’s electrical box. Thankfully for the homeowners, firemen responded quickly, preventing injuries and total destruction.

What many homeowners may not know, is that a lightning protection system can provide a safe and effective grounding network to protect a structure from this type of preventable fire. When installed by a certified specialist, lightning protection systems meet the needs of safety, technology and design. A complete system includes: strike termination devices, conductors, ground terminals, interconnecting bonding to minimize side flashing, and surge protection devices for incoming power, data and communication lines to prevent harmful electrical surges. Methods and materials for lightning protection are reviewed regularly through a national safety standard process, which means the science of lightning protection keeps pace with our ever-changing technology. The NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems is recognized as the most comprehensive resource for reducing lightning risks. The 2014 Standard includes 12 chapters and 15 annex sections to provide a thorough overview of design requirements and applications for lightning protection systems.

NFPA ‘s Fire Prevention campaign is believed to be the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Since 1922, the country has seen huge progress in the fire safety movement with the construction of fire-resistant buildings and improvements in fire suppression techniques. Fire Prevention Month is also a good time to remind homeowners about LPI’s newly released video about the lightning risk and the benefits of lightning protection systems for homeowners:

More information about fire safety and NFPA’s annual campaign is available at

This October, help LPI build lightning safe communities by learning more about lightning protection and fire safety. Make sure you can “hear the BEEP, where you SLEEP!” And when you have a lightning protection system installed by a qualified LPI professional, you and your family can enjoy the peace of mind to rest easy!

Fire Prevention Month Event

USAA Tampa CPCU “Insurance Day” in the Lightning Capital of the Country! 

When:  October 20, 2015

Where: USAA Palms Campus, 17200 Commerce Park Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647

The FL Suncoast Chapter CPCU Society is hosting a special ‘Insurance Day’ event for local CPCU insurance professionals and mitigation specialists on Tuesday, October 20th at their USAA Tampa Palms campus. The event will be a first for both USAA Tampa and the FL Suncoast Chapter CPCU Society as USAA showcases its beautiful USAA Tampa campus, inviting insurance professionals from the greater Tampa area to participate in a new insurance related experience!

The Lightning Protection Institute has been invited to participate in this event, which will feature a multi room venue from 10 am to 2 pm for Insurance related booths, demonstrations, and speakers. Presentations and participants include:

*   Survive a Storm Shelters (Tornado Safe Rooms)
*   ASFPM (Floodplain Mapping)
*   National Weather Service (Storm Surge)
*   FL Division of Emergency Management
*   University of FL (Building Testing/Codes)
*   National VOAD (Resilient Building)
*   FL Retrofits (Hurricane Straps & Clips)
*   PCS Verisk Insurance Solutions (Claims & Crime Analytics)
*   IBHS (FORTIFIED Coastal Programs)
*   FL Sinkhole
*   III (Lynne McChristian)

* Lightning Protection Institute (Lightning Protection Systems – Kim Loehr)




Enlightenment about Lightning Protection Terms (Decoding the code jargon!)

inenglish!August 18, 2015 — Every profession and field of endeavor subscribes to its own jargon, which can be a source of serious frustration for those unfamiliar with the insider lingo.

The world of lightning protection is no exception. Unfortunately, the language of lightning protection installation can be a source of confusion for consumers and homeowners trying to decipher and understand the industry jargon. In an attempt to decode the code language, here’s a “Glossary” to enlighten readers about a few commonly-used lightning protection terms.

Note: language referenced below is as defined by the Lightning Protection Institute Standard of Practice for the Design – Installation – Inspection of Lightning Protection Systems, LPI-175/2014 Edition

Glossary of Lightning Protection Terms

Authority Having Jurisdiction: The organization, office, or individual responsible for approval and enforcement of equipment, materials, and installation or a procedure.

Bonding: An electrical connection between an electrically conductive object and a component of a lightning protection system that is intended to significantly reduce potential differences created by lightning currents.

Cable: A factory assembly combining multiple wire strands together to form a single conductor.  

Conductors: Devices defined by this Standard (LPI-175) as suitable to carry lightning current or make bonding interconnections.

Fastener: A component or set of components used to securely attach materials to the structure.  (Kim’s note: A fastener may also be a mechanical device, such as a rivet, bolt, screw, or pin that is used to securely hold two or more components together.)

Grounded: Connected to earth or to some conducting body that is connected to earth ground.

Grounding Electrode: The portion of a lightning protection system, such as a ground rod, ground plate or ground conductor that is installed for the purpose of providing electrical contact with the earth. (Kim’s note: grounding electrode applications must be suitable for soil conditions present at the location for the lightning protection system installation.)

Labeled: Equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic inspection of production of labeled equipment or materials, and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner. (Kim’s note: equipment and materials are labeled for quality control purposes.)

Lightning Protection System: A complete system of strike termination devices, main conductors (including conductive structural members), grounding electrodes, bonding or interconnecting conductors, surge protection devices and other connectors or fittings required to complete the system.

Listed: Equipment, materials or services included in a list published by an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of listed equipment or materials, or service meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose. (Kim’s note: lightning protection components are typically, “UL-listed” for quality control purposes and contractor firms are typically UL-listed to install lightning protection systems.)

Strike Termination Device (Air terminal): A component of a lightning protection system that intercepts lightning flashes and connects them to a path to ground.  Strike termination devices include air terminals, metal masts, qualified permanent metal parts of structures (as described in LPI-175), and overhead ground wires installed in catenary (overhead shielding), lightning protection systems.

Surge Protective Device (SPD): A device composed of any combination of linear or nonlinear circuit elements intended for limiting surge voltages on equipment by diverting or limiting surge current that comprises at least one nonlinear component. (Kim’s note: SPD’s are also described as “lightning arresters, surge arresters, surge suppressors and TVSS” in the field. SPD’s are typically installed in service electrical panels to block or ground lightning’s harmful voltage.)

 Zone of Protection: The space adjacent to a lightning protection system that is substantially immune to direct lightning flashes. 

Haiti Project Call to Action!

Support the Haiti Orphanage Project!

Support the Haiti Orphanage Project!

July 31, 2015

In 2012 the St. Helen’s Home and Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs “Our Little Brothers and Sisters” Orphanage (NPFS)  reached out to the lightning protection industry for assistance after lightning strikes repeatedly damaged the ovens and computers that the facility relies upon for their daily activities.  The NPFS facility is located on top of the Kenscoff mountain range at an elevations of over 5000 ft.  Each year severe thunderstorms bring damage to the structures on the orphanage’s 25 acre compound.  More than 400 children depend on the facility for food, housing and education.

LSA members visited the site in July 2013 and developed a plan to improve the facility’s vulnerability to lightning.  This is a unique opportunity for our industry to give back to the community and improve the lives of these disadvantaged youngsters.  In January 2016 a team of eight (8) installers will travel to Haiti to install lightning protection on four of the most critical structures on the site.  They will also perform upgrades to the substandard electrical grounding around the compound.  The total budget for this endeavor is $42,000 which includes materials, travel expenses, tools and shipping costs.

This endeavor needs your support.  Donations of lightning protection, grounding and surge suppression equipment are needed as well as cash to fund the travel expenses.  Please consider joining in this worthy project by choosing one of the Sponsorship categories below:

Sponsorship levels

Platinum              $2,500                                   _____

Gold                      $1,500                                   _____

Silver                     $750                                       _____

Bronze                  $500                                       _____

Friend                   $250                                       _____

Crew Member  $1,600   (8 needed)               _____

1/2 Crew Member  $800                                 _____

Tool Kit $500       (8 needed)                         _____

 Instructions for Sending Supplies and Cash Donations

Lightning Protection Equipment donations, relief supplies and miscellaneous donations (medical supplies, toys for orphans, etc) should be shipped to:

The Lightning Safety Alliance/ECLE

24 Lanson Drive

Winsted, CT  06098

Please mark boxes “Attn: Jennifer Morgan “Haiti project” and include packing list to itemize materials with $ value for each donated item.  Tax-deduction receipts for the Haiti Orphanage project donations will be provided by Our Little Brothers & Sisters USA office. Cash donations must be sent to above address, payable to: “Our Little Brothers & Sisters” with “Haiti/Gena Heragty Kenscoff L.P. project” in check memo.

For more information visit:  or contact Kim Loehr at 804-314-8955 or

The “Inconvenient” Truth about Lightning Safety.

July 13, 2015 — At this writing, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States this year. The National Weather Service (NWS) has stressed that all of these deaths were “avoidable” with most victims being just steps away from a safe place. The NWS says the death count is disturbing for another reason, too, as the number of deaths is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014).

Why the reason for the increased number of lightning fatalities? No none knows for sure, but there is a common thread that links most lightning injuries and deaths; and that thread is behavior. Because lightning is the force of nature that most people experience, most of the time, apathy about the risk leads to risky behavior. It’s human nature to want to finish the yard work, catch the next fish, walk the dog on schedule, or continue the volleyball game, despite the darkening skies and brewing storm. Unfortunately, these ordinary, everyday activities end up being the risky behavior that sets the stage for the vast majority of lightning deaths and injuries.

Since there is no safe place outdoors in a thunderstorm, you’d think lightning safety would be as easy as, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Unfortunately, safety gets complicated by the myths and misconceptions that abound about lightning; including dangerous ideas like:

LPI is working with partner groups across the country to promote lightning safety for people, property and places.

“Rubber soles help protect you from lightning.”

“Lying flat on the ground or assuming the lightning crouch position will keep you safe during a storm.”

“Standing under a tree is safer than being out in the open.”

“Lightning is only attracted by metal, so I’m safe if put my cell phone away.”

“Lightning only strikes the tallest objects.”

“I’m safe if I don’t see clouds or rain.”

Unfortunately, the above misconceptions are still circulating among the masses, hence still putting people at risk.

Oscar Wilde is known for having said, “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

The pure and simple truth about lightning safety is that it’s simple, yet inconvenient. It’s inconvenient to change your plans if the weather forecasts calls for thunderstorms. It’s inconvenient to interrupt the best golf game of your life to seek safe shelter (enclosed building, car or sturdy structure), from the threatening skies. It’s inconvenient to wait 30 minutes for a storm to pass before heading outside again.  (And, on a personal note, it was inconvenient for me to shutdown my computer and interrupt this blog post while I waited for an afternoon storm to pass through my area! )

So now that we understand and admit the “inconvenient truth” about lightning safety, how do we change the behavior to end the preventable injuries and deaths? We enlighten, we remind and we continue to nag the folks about the underrated dangers of lightning!

The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Team is urging Ambassador organizations to engage their members and stakeholders to stress the dangers of lightning.  So why not “Be a  Force of Nature”  this summer? Join LPI in the lightning safety conversation. Please share these resources and key messages to help build lightning safe communities across the country!

Call to action: Join the conversation using hashtags:   #LightningSafety   #SummerSafety*

Main NWS Lightning Safety Website:

Shortened URL:

Understanding Lightning:

LPI Lightning Safety Resources:

WRN Key Messages to Share: 

* Lightning deaths are already double those than at this time last year.

* ALL of these deaths were avoidable.

* There is no safe place outside. You must go inside a sturdy building or get ina hard-topped car with the windows rolled up.

* As soon as you can hear thunder or see lightning you are in danger.

* Do NOT seek shelter under a tree!

* Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm.

* Don’t WAIT… When thunder roars, go indoors!

Remember to plan your activities so you don’t get caught outside in a thunderstorm. If there are thunderstorms in the forecast, make sure you can quickly get to a safe shelter or reschedule the outdoor activity.


Mitigation Partners Team-Up for “Protect Your Home in a FLASH” Video to Help Educate Homeowners about Reducing Dangerous and Costly Lightning Losses

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week Underscores Hazard of Lightning to Life and Property

Maryville, MO – June 25, 2015 – The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting lightning safety, awareness and education has teamed up with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® to produce a new segment for the Protect Your Home in a FLASH video series. The video, narrated by former CNN Bureau Chief John Zarrella and produced by FLASH and CDB Productions, Inc., emphasizes the costly and often dangerous problems lightning can cause for homeowners and explains how lightning protection systems can help mitigate against this common, yet often underrated weather threat.

“We are excited to add this lightning protection segment to our current Protect Your Home in a FLASH video series,” said FLASH president and CEO, Leslie Chapman-Henderson. “With topics including earthquake mitigation, flooding, hurricane preparedness and more, lightning mitigation is a necessary and valuable consumer education tool.”

The four minute video is being released in conjunction with annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week, to provide information about lightning’s destructive nature and combat misconceptions about the common weather peril. Lightning associated with thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes can pose a variety of problems for homes and buildings. Lightning’s extreme electrical energy can induce destructive power surges through home circuitry and appliances, burn holes in CSST gas piping, explode brick and roofing materials and ignite deadly home fires. For homeowners who don’t want to play the odds with lightning, a professional installed lightning protection system is a viable solution.

“Against the backdrop of lightning fires responsible for destroying the homes of Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island in 2011 and most recently, Lou Holtz’s property in Orlando, LPI is seizing Lightning Safety Awareness Week to remind homeowners of the important role lightning protection systems can play in preventing property loss from a common weather concern,” said Kim Loehr, director of communications for LPI.

The Protect Your Home in a FLASH video reveals how a lightning protection system provides a low-resistance network to safely intercept lightning’s harmful electricity and direct it to ground without impact to the structure or occupants. The video also includes a homeowner testimonial and important consumer information including guidelines for ensuring lightning protection materials and installation methods comply with national safety standards.

Visit  or to view the Protect Your Home in a FLASH lightning mitigation video.

 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 and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at for more information about lightning protection system requirements and how to locate a LPI-certified installer in your area.


Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 120 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster‐resilient nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm™, and USAA®. In 2008, FLASH® and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting or calling (877) 221- SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH, and following the FLASH Twitter and Facebook accounts.



Partners Gather in NH to Recognize Park for StormReady Efforts at 15th Annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week Kickoff

GLEN, N.H., June 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Partners from the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) the National Weather Service (NWS) and Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center gathered at  Storyland Amusement Park in Glen, NH for educational events to kickoff Lightning Safety Awareness Week. The 15th annual campaign, which begins today, was started by NOAA and NWS in 2001 to help increase awareness about the dangers of lightning and provide the public with safety information to help protect families from lightning’s underrated dangers. See

Leon the Lightning Lion and Dr. Lightning kickoff Lightning Safety Awareness Week at Storyland Park in NH to emphasize the importance of protecting people, property and places against nature's underrated hazard.

The 2015 campaign theme of “Building Lightning Safe Communities,” emphasizes the importance of protecting people, property and places against the deadly, yet often underrated lightning threat.

Team members, including “Dr. Lightning” and “Leon the Lightning Lion” began events with a morning press conference to recognize Storyland for its StormReadyefforts which support the Building Lightning Safe Communities mission. (Storyland has equipped many of its buildings and structures with lightning protection systems to help safeguard patrons and workers from lightning’s dangers.)

Weekend events in NH also included a presentation at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center and educational outreach at the Mount Washington Road Race Expo.

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 information and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at for more information.

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CONTACT: Kim Loehr, Director of Communications / LPI/LSA / or / 804-314-8955


Lightning’s Dangers Hit Home in Eye-Opening PSA

 Protecting people and property is theme emphasized for Lightning Safety Awareness Week

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), a non-profit dedicated to promoting lightning safety, awareness and protection education, is unveiling an eye-opening new public service announcement today to kick off national Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 21-27. The spot, produced by Richmond-based branding, marketing and PR firm Madison+Main, emphasizes the importance of protecting people, property and places against the deadly, yet often underrated lightning threat.

LPI’s objective for its 2015 PSA is to discourage apathy about lightning’s dangers and combat misconceptions about the common weather peril. The PSA also highlights LPI’s “Building Lightning Safe Communities” campaign theme, encouraging viewers to consider best practices for personal safety and the installation of lightning protection systems to safeguard their structures.

“NOAA and the National Weather Service began the lightning safety awareness campaign in 2001 and have led the effort for personal safety,” said Kim Loehr, director of communications for LPI. “In recent years, LPI has helped expand the campaign by emphasizing protection for people, property and places through our Building Lightning Safe Communities initiative.”

Lightning associated with thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes can pose a variety of fire hazards. Lightning’s extreme electrical charge can induce destructive power surges through home circuitry, burn holes in CSST gas piping, explode brick and roofing materials and ignite home fires. For homeowners who don’t want to play the odds with lightning, a professionally installed lightning protection system is a viable idea.

“Fortunately, the threat that lightning poses to property can be easily addressed with the installation of a lightning protection system,” said Jennifer Morgan, spokesperson for the non-profit, Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA). “A lightning protection system provides a low-resistance network to safely intercept lightning’s harmful electricity and direct it to ground without impact to the structure or occupants.”

U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 22,600 fires sparked by lightning which are responsible for deaths, injuries and millions of dollars in direct property damage each year. The NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems provides lightning protection system requirements to help safeguard structures from fire risks and damage associated with the lightning hazard.

See and to view the Lightning Protection Institute’s ‘News Reporter’ PSA. For more information or to obtain a copy of the PSA, contact Kim Loehr at To locate a LPI-certified lightning protection system installer in your area, click here.

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 information and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at for more information.

About the Lightning Safety Alliance
The Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) is a non-profit, national league of lightning protection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at for more information.


CONTACT: Kim Loehr, Director of Communications / LPI/LSA / or / 804-314-8955