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Five takeaways from the 86th annual Lightning Protection Conference

…During the first week of March, the United Lightning Protection Association (ULPA) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) hosted its 86th annual conference in Singer Island, FL. Lightning protection professionals from various states across the country came together for three days of professional development, continuing education and networking. The gathering of industry members and experts—from product manufacturers and system installers—to scientists and code authorities, explored a wide range of lightning protection topics.

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Building Lightning Safe Communities: an architect’s perspective

…The Lightning Protection Institute is working to shine the spotlight on the lightning peril and expand its “building lightning safe communities” initiative through outreach efforts with mitigation-minded partners; including architects, engineers and risk-management stakeholders.

This month, LPI reached out to experts in the architecture community to get their thoughts about lightning and lightning protection.

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Safeguarding the past and preparing for the future: Why lightning protection is important for historic structures

…Historic structures possess unique characteristics that typically require elevated levels of scrutiny for insurance, safety, building maintenance and risk management. These thorough levels of examination can delve even deeper depending upon whether the structure is a “certified historic rehabilitation” (eligible for tax credits) or a recognized historic landmark that is a designated part of a property, building or locality.

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Save the Date! Plans underway for the 2018 LPI/ULPA Lightning Protection Conference!

…The 86th annual industry conference, scheduled for February 27 – March 2, 2018, will feature educational sessions, professional development, networking opportunities, golfing, social events and much more! LPI members, Pat Dillon and Kim Stauder of Bonded Lightning Protection in Jupiter, FL, will once again serve as conference hosts at one of our favorite destinations;

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ESFI and LPI Warn of Lightning’s Lingering and Costly Threat to Property Owners

…ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the Atlantic Hurricane Season in full swing through November, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are working to spread awareness of a less recognized, yet more frequent weather hazard: lightning. According to new data compiled by Impact Forecasting and released by the Insurance Information Institute (III), U.S.

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Why does it take epic devastation to remind us of nature’s wrath and how helpless we are when it decides to take us on its terrifying course?

…How do we begin to share a post about lightning in the midst of an epic weather event like Hurricane Harvey? As images of Harvey’s devastation are even difficult to view, we can’t begin to imagine how painful the reality of the hardship is for so many to bear. Dear people of Texas–including many of our LPI lightning protection member companies–our thoughts are with you today.

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Lightning and Lightning Protection: Measuring the Tolerable Risk

When considering lightning protection, architects, engineers, safety professionals and building owners typically rely on the NFPA Risk Assessment methodology to determine the risk of damage due to lightning. The risk assessment guide is found in the “Annex L” section of the NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems…, and provides both an at a glance, simplified assessment and a detailed calculation guide to achieve a more in-depth analysis.

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It’s Electrical Safety Month! Let’s include LIGHTNING in our electrical safety plans and discussions.

…May is National Electrical Safety Month and each year, LPI supports the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s campaign to raise awareness. While supporting the campaign, LPI also takes the opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of a frequently overlooked and often underrated electrical danger; you guessed it–lightning.

When it comes to electricity, lightning may be the reigning queen, packing a rapid discharge of mega energy that can carry up to 300 million volts and 30,000 amps.

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Is Your Lightning Protection System Missing a Key Component? (Hint: Inspection!)

Wondering if your LPS design or installation meets industry guidelines and requirements? Not sure if your project specifications comply with nationally-recognized safety Standards? A third-party quality control inspection is your key to quality assurance. …

While experts agree that quality control is a key component for safe and effective lightning protection, knowing where to turn for up-to-date and accurate lightning protection information can be difficult.

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