Tending to the Trees: An Earth Day reminder that lightning protection helps keep trees healthy & green!

“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 Today is officially “Earth Day” which sparks… Read More

Lightning Protection Inspection Program Expands Services to Meet Industry Needs for Quality Control and Service

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill – April 9, 2018 – Increased education about lightning losses and the availability of safety standard-compliant lightning protection is furthering an understanding of best practices for lightning protection system (LPS) design, installation and inspection. Recognizing a need… Read More

Safeguarding the past and preparing for the future: Why lightning protection is important for historic structures

Historic structures possess unique characteristics that typically require elevated levels of scrutiny for insurance, safety, building maintenance and risk management. These thorough levels of examination can delve even deeper depending upon whether the structure is a “certified historic… Read More

Is it time to inject a little lightning into the big weather discussion?

The road to building for resilience is paved with many guideposts designed to promote mitigation measures for weather perils like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Perils rightfully referred to as “big weather” at last month’s National Disaster… Read More

What Homeowners Need to Know about Lightning and its Fire Risk

In Support of National Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14  It’s the middle of the night when you and your family are awakened by a loud boom of a thunder-clap. Your windows rattle as you feel your house shake…. Read More

ESFI and LPI Warn of Lightning’s Lingering and Costly Threat to Property Owners

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the Atlantic Hurricane Season in full swing through November, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are working to spread awareness of a less recognized, yet more frequent… Read More

Why does it take epic devastation to remind us of nature’s wrath and how helpless we are when it decides to take us on its terrifying course?

How do we begin to share a post about lightning in the midst of an epic weather event like Hurricane Harvey? As images of Harvey’s devastation are even difficult to view, we can’t begin to imagine how painful… Read More

Lightning and Lightning Protection: Measuring the Tolerable Risk

When considering lightning protection, architects, engineers, safety professionals and building owners typically rely on the NFPA Risk Assessment methodology to determine the risk of damage due to lightning. The risk assessment guide is found in the “Annex L”… Read More

Is your “shelter” from the storm a lightning safe place? Reminders about the dangers of tents and thunderstorms.

It’s July and it’s hot and humid. The dog days of summer have settled in, and so has lightning. And if you happen to be a camping enthusiast, or a guest at humid outdoor event, odds are that… Read More

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week! Are you ready for thunderstorm season?

The NWS and NOAA launched the National Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign in 2001 to raise awareness about the dangers of lightning, a deadly, yet underrated killer. The Lightning Protection Institute joined the campaign effort in 2007 as… Read More