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“Thundersnow” on Franklin’s Birthday is a Reminder that Hazardous Weather can Strike without Warning!

…The National Weather Service (NWS) reported lightning striking from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest during a widespread winter storm that recently hit the U.S. and parts of Canada on January 17, 2013.  The date happened to be Benjamin Franklin’s 306th birthday, who ironically, happens to be the inventor of the lightning rod.

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Remember the Lightning Protection when Going Green! Hazard resistance can improve sustainability & prevent losses.

…Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you, your home and your property. While sustainable building design concepts are increasingly being incorporated into construction through green building rating systems, it’s important that these practices also implement resiliency measures to address natural hazards. Designers, builders and code officials are typically mindful of practices that provide resistance to natural hazards such as high winds, earthquakes, floods and wildfires–but what about lightning?

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Hurricane Clean-up Highlights Need to Coordinate Lightning Protection Repairs with Re-roofing

…Lightning protection components such as strike termination devices (rods) and conductors can be impacted when a building is damaged by extreme weather events and re-roofing is required.
Coordination Ensures Proper Maintenance for Both 

Weather events like hurricanes, high winds, ice and snow, and extreme temperatures can degrade a structure’s roof system, and in turn affect the continuity of your home or business’s lightning protection system. 

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It’s Fire Prevention Week! Could Your Home be at Risk to Fire Sparked by Lightning?

Your home should be a safe haven for you and your family. But even the most safety-conscious homeowner may not have considered a risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. Lightning associated with thunderstorms and sometimes hurricanes can pose a variety of fire hazards and these fires have highlighted the dangerous and destructive impact that lightning can have on protected homes and structures.

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Lightning Protection and Insurance Loss Mitigation Rewards for Homeowners

Similar to other home security measures that reduce expected losses for insurers, lightning protection systems provide valuable loss mitigation against a costly weather hazard that affects millions of homeowners in the U.S. Statistically, lightning is the most commonly experienced weather hazard, unlike earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes or hurricanes, which are more likely to affect homeowners in certain geographical regions of the country.

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Hurricane Season is a Timely Reminder of the Devastating Effect Natural Disasters Can Have on You and Your Property

We hear a lot about sustainable building design concepts and have witnessed an increase in sustainability being incorporated into construction through green building rating systems. There is certainly a consensus of the importance of implementing resiliency measures to fortify homes and structures to address concerns about most natural hazards. Designers, builders and code officials are typically mindful of practices that provide resistance to natural hazards such as high winds, earthquakes, floods and wildfires–but what about lightning?

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Safer Design Leads to Safer Play During Lightning Season

LPI and the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) have joined forces to launch a lightning safety initiative to provide educational resources for outdoor recreational facilities. The “Safer Design for Safer Play” campaign features a new website, www.lightning-risk.org, that provides best practices for lightning safety and effective lightning protection measures for outdoor facilities such as theme parks, golf courses, playgrounds and sports stadiums. The website is an information warehouse which connects owners, operators, designers and patrons of recreational facilities with useful information about lightning, a deadly yet often underrated threat.

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Knowing Fact from Fiction can Save Lives and Prevent Lightning Injuries.

Lightning is an underrated killer. Knowing fact from fiction can save lives and prevent lightning injuries. Here are some common myths about lightning and the actual facts.

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Electrical Safety Campaign Reminds Consumers that Lightning is an Underrated and Often Forgotten Hazard

When purchasing expensive home electronics how often do you consider the risk of lightning damage? Lightning likes technology, too. As our world becomes more and more tech-savvy, the losses from lightning strikes are increasing. Sensitive home electronics are often susceptible to damage by lightning, as a single bolt of lightning can cause electrical surges capable of damaging or destroying vulnerable electric equipment.

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Keep Costly Lightning Losses from Shocking Your Wallet!

Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires have been responsible for major devastation in the U.S.over recent years, but intense lightning storms have also caused their share of share of damage and destruction. In fact, lightning strikes cost more than $1 billion in insured losses in 2010 – a significant increase from 2009, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

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