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With Wildfires Raging, Governor Perry Proclaims Lightning Safety Awareness Week as Experts Kick-off Educational Initiative in Texas

…AUSTIN, Texas, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As wildfires destroy thousands of acres in Texas, with some triggered by lightning, Governor Rick Perry declares June 19-25, 2011, Lightning Safety Awareness Week, proclaiming that education is the key to understanding lightning’s dangers. Lightning safety advocates from the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Weather Service joined Texas State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado today to kick- off Lightning Safety Awareness Week and share educational resources at a fire station in the heart of a wildfire-threatened area of Austin.

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ESFI and LPI Warn against Lightning’s Underrated Dangers

…MARYVILLE, Mo., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are reminding homeowners about the dangers of lightning; an underrated and often forgotten electrical hazard. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), lightning is responsible for billions of dollars in property damage.

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Fire Safety Education Can Reduce Risks from Lightning

…Hartford, CT – October 5, 2010 — The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) are teaming up to remind fire professionals about the importance of promoting education to help homeowners reduce their risks against lightning fires. Home fire losses continue to be responsible for the vast majority of total fire deaths, which is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes residential fire safety as a key initiative to reducing the overall fire death toll.

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Annual Safety Campaign Reminds Public of Lightning’s Dangers

Maryville, MO – June 24, 2010 — This year marks the 10th Lightning Safety Awareness Campaign, June 20-26. The campaign was launched by NOAA and the National Weather Service 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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National Groups Partner to Promote Lightning Safety

…Hartford, CT – June 18, 2010 — Several national groups are joining forces to promote public awareness about lightning safety and mitigation. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.-FLASH, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) and the National Weather Service are hosting a “Search for Storm Heroes” event at the MOSI Museum in Tampa, FL to kick off the tenth annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 20-26, 2010.

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Lightning Losses Real, Yet Preventable

…MARYVILLE, MO–(Marketwire – June 16, 2009) –

Hurricanes and tornadoes receive the news coverage, but lightning is the second leading cause of storm-related deaths, killing more people than tornadoes or hurricanes, topped only by flooding. In addition, thousands of properties are damaged or destroyed each year by lightning. A single bolt of lightning can generate heat in excess of 50,000 degrees F which can spark fires or cause surging through electrical circuitry.

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Homes at Risk to Fires Sparked by Lightning

…MARYVILLE, MO–(Marketwire – October 06, 2008) –

Your home should be a safe haven. But even the most safety-conscious homeowner may not have considered a risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. During the four-year period from 2002 to 2005, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that U.S. fire departments responded annually to roughly 31,400 fires started by lightning.

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Lightning Claim Costs Continue to Increase, Causing Nearly $1 billion in Insured Losses, I.I.I. Study Finds

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NEW YORK, June 23, 2008 — They say that lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but for insurers, it strikes hundreds of thousands of times annually, causing millions of dollars in damages. In fact, the cost of homeowners claims for damage due to lightning strikes has increased dramatically—up 28 percent over the last four years, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

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Lightning Fires Linked to Problem Gas Tubing

…HARTFORD, Conn., June 4 PRNewswire-USNewswire — A Class Action Lawsuit against four manufacturers of a relatively new type of fuel gas tubing has identified the installation of a lightning protection system as a remedy for the fire risk associated with CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) gas piping systems. CSST is a type of flexible piping that has been widely used in homes and commercial applications in recent years.

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Awareness and Safety Urged about the Underrated Dangers of Lightning

…MARYVILLE, Mo., June 16 /PRNewswire/ — According to the National
Weather Service, lightning strikes the United States an estimated 25
million times each year. While lightning is fascinating to watch, it can be
extremely dangerous. On average, lightning kills more people each year than
tornadoes or hurricanes. In conjunction with the its sixth annual National
Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) is reminding Americans about the dangers of
lightning.

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