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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

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.

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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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An Update to “Unapproved Lightning Protection Devices Fail to Prevent Fires at Oil Refineries,” Issued October 3, 2013

…HARTFORD, Conn., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) has been notified by Lightning Eliminators (LEC) in Boulder, Co, that the two lightning events that occurred at separate Venezuelan refineries in the summer of 2013 should not be directly attributed to the lightning protection systems, or lack thereof, at those locations.

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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 of electrical energy.

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Need for Quality Control for Lightning Protection Emphasized by Industry Experts

…MARYVILLE, Mo., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A diverse group of lightning protection experts, engineers and safety directors recently met at the 82nd annual LPI/ULPA Lightning Protection Conference in Singer Island, FL to review industry developments in technology, best practices and public awareness initiatives.  Representatives from the LPI-IP Inspection Program, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the NFPA Technical Committee on Lightning Protection weighed in on a variety of industry issues, but “quality control” was a central theme that dominated conference discussions.

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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 and complied with recommended practices and safety standards for the lightning protection.

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Is Your Lightning Protection Due for a Check-up? Why Maintenance is Key to Ensuring a Safe and Effective System.


February 12, 2014 — 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?  

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Tending to the Trees! How Lightning Protection Provides Sustainability to Keep Trees Healthy & Green

January 16, 2014 — “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. …

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Non-profits Share Top Five Lightning Protection and Lightning Safety Awareness Success Stories of 2013

…HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In 2013, two non-profits, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) expanded their commitment to lightning safety education through outreach efforts with like-minded partners.

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“Partnership is the fuel that helps nonprofits, like LPI and LSA provide educational programs and public service campaigns,” said Bud VanSickle, executive director for LPI.

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