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Hurricane Season is a Timely Reminder of the Devastating Effect Natural Disasters Can Have on You and Your Property
September 5, 2012
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?
July 31, 2012
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.
June 18, 2012
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.
Electrical Safety Campaign Reminds Consumers that Lightning is an Underrated and Often Forgotten Hazard
May 11, 2012
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.
April 18, 2012
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.).
March 29, 2012
Each spring, millions of properties are damaged or destroyed 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. Lightning losses often include damage to expensive home electronics, as well.
March 20, 2012
Hurricanes and tornadoes receive the most news coverage, but lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings in the U.S. The good news is that lightning losses can be prevented.
June 19, 2011
…MARYVILLE, Mo., June 19, 2011
* In Support of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19-25, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo., June 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are joining forces to promote public awareness about lightning safety and lightning protection. The collaboration is part of LPI’s educational initiative to remind the public and the fire safety community about the dangers of lightning, an underrated and often forgotten weather hazard.
With Wildfires Raging, Governor Perry Proclaims Lightning Safety Awareness Week as Experts Kick-off Educational Initiative in Texas
June 17, 2011
…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.
May 25, 2011
…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.