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2014 NFPA Safety Standard Adds New Applications for Lightning Protection

December 19, 2013 — The oldest and most comprehensive safety standard for lightning protection has been updated to address several new industry developments.  The recently-released 2014 edition of NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems includes several new applications and requirements for projects specifying lightning protection.

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New Applications for Lightning Protection Cited in 2014 Safety Standard Document

MARYVILLE, Mo., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The newly-released 2014 edition of NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems… includes several new applications and requirements for projects specifying lightning protection.

According to NFPA, the updated standard “responds to industry developments with added coverage of new topics to increase protection against dangerous lightning hazards.”

NFPA 780 was adopted by the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) long ago as a reference for the organization and its members. 

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Proposed Disaster Savings Measure Provides Incentives for Homeowners to Safeguard Their Property

…MARYVILLE, Mo., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A savings incentive is on the horizon for mitigation-minded homeowners who take measures to safeguard their property from natural disasters and destructive weather perils, said the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI).

The “Disaster Savings Accounts Act of 2013” is proposed federal legislation that would help provide tax-free disaster mitigation by allowing homeowners to deduct up to $5,000 per year through tax-preferred “disaster savings accounts.”

The legislation was introduced by U.S.

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Mitigation Call to Action: Support the Disaster Savings Accounts Act of 2013!

…November 27, 2013 — Did you know that disaster safety experts estimate that for every dollar a homeowner invests in mitigation, the return can yield up to seven times the amount in measurable savings? So to use lightning protection as an example, a $3,000 lightning protection system can save a homeowner over $20,000 in damages connected with a single lightning strike or surge event.

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Fire Prevention Campaign Effort Provides $100,000 in Lightning Protection System Donations for Fire Stations!

…October 18, 2013 — A lot can happen in a year in the world of lightning protection; especially when LPI members get together to support safety and their communities.  A campaign that began last fall to support Sparky the Fire Dog’s “Wish List” has now successfully provided complimentary lightning protection systems for over half a dozen fire stations in high risk lightning regions across the U.S.

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Building Lightning Safe Communities Goes Global with the Haiti Project

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September 17, 2013 — Haiti is no stranger to severe weather and natural disasters. In recent years, devastating earthquakes, hurricanes and floods have taken their toll on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Our neighbors some 700 miles off the Florida coastline are also extremely vulnerable to a common weather threat that can impact their lives and livelihood on a much more frequent basis.  

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Partners Load the Bases & Pitch “Play it Safe” for Lightning Awareness Outreach!

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August 19, 2013 — When partners load the bases to pinch hit for lightning awareness outreach, safety scores a home run! This is what happened when partners from nonprofit organizations across the country came together in Boston to promote the 2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign.

Historically speaking, the months of June, July and August are the deadliest months for lightning in the U.S. 

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Building Lightning Safe Communities with a Little Help from Architects, Firefighters, Meteorologists & Red Sox Fans!

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2013 Lightning Safety Awareness Week kick-off with South Metro Fire Rescue and partners.July 16, 2013 — Oh, and let’s not forget Governor John Hickenlooper! So what do architects, firefighters, meteorologists, Red Sox fans and Governor John Hickenlooper have in common? They were all part of the “Building Lightning Safe Communities” campaign effort in conjunction with Lightning Safety Awareness Week 2013.

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Partnership Support Boosts Lightning Safety Awareness Campaign Efforts During June

 June 14, 2013 — National groups across the country join forces in June to promote public awareness about lightning safety and mitigation.  NOAA and the National Weather Service launched an annual lightning safety campaign in 2001 to increase awareness about the dangers of lightning and provide the public with safety information to help protect families and their property.  …

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It’s Electrical Safety Month and Time to Raise Awareness about the Importance of Lightning Protection Safety Standards!

…May 16, 2013 — May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Lightning Protection Institute is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness about the importance of electrical safety—including lightning, an underrated and often forgotten electrical hazard. Lightning is the rapid discharge of atmospheric electricity that can pack up to 100 million volts of power—so we’re talking mega electricity with lots of potential for damage and destruction. 

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