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Lightning Safety and Lightning Protection: Separating Fact from Fiction

LPI Debunks Common Myths in Support of Lightning Safety Awareness Week  

MARYVILLE, Mo., June 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As new and old myths about lightning continue to circulate through the internet and social media, it’s hard to know how to separate fact from fallacy about lightning safety and protection measures.

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Consumer Alert: Homeowners Warned about the Dangers of Shoddy Lightning Protection System Installations

Be sure your lightning protection complies with nationally-recognized safety standards!…

June 14, 2016 — In the aftermath of last week’s devastating home fire in Parker, Colorado, The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is warning homeowners about the dangers of shoddy lightning protection, while providing insight into what can happen when these systems don’t comply with national safety standards.

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Lightning Protection Institute Launches “Build & Protect” E-Newsletter for Architects and Engineers  

Visitors to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 19-21 Can Sign Up For It

PHILADELPHIA, PA –May 17, 2016– The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is launching its first-ever email newsletter for architectural and engineering professionals.

LPI’s Build & Protect… newsletter will feature news about the science of lightning protection, industry trends and technical information regarding how safety standard-compliant systems can benefit buildings, according to LPI.

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Lightning Protection Spring Cleaning. Don’t let the clutter of myths and misinformation obscure the facts.

…March 14, 2016 — The late, larger-than-life comedian, Robin Williams was known for having said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”

If the unseasonably warm temperatures are evidence, it seems the “party” has sprung to life in many parts of the country. While March typically means longer daylight hours and warmer weather for most, it also means an increasing potential for severe weather which can put a dangerous damper on your spring party.  

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Consumer Scam Alert! LPI Offers Lightning Protection Guidelines to Help Protect Homeowners Against Fraudulent Contractors

…February 8, 2016 — Authorities in several mid-west counties in the U.S. are warning homeowners about men posing as lightning rod subcontractors who scheme unsuspecting victims into paying money for unsolicited repair work.

According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin, the fraudulent contractors operate the scam by targeting homes with lightning protection systems, telling the owners that it looks like they’ve been victims of a recent strike, and advising that their “lightning rods will be in need of replacement.”  The fraudulent contractors then offer to handle the repairs on the spot or come back to perform them at a later time.

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Advancing Building Resilience: Growth of Sustainable Energy Technology Makes Lightning Protection Systems Increasingly Critical

…MARYVILLE, Mo., Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The continued growth of sustainable energy technology, eco-friendly building materials and smart structure automation has necessitated upgrades and complex improvements to the electrical infrastructure of today’s homes and buildings. Smart structures, which are characterized by a high degree of automation and various interconnected systems typically rely on sophisticated energy collection methods.

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Loehr Wins High Honors at National Federation of Press Women Conference

…ANCHORAGE, Alaska – September 14, 2015 — Kimberly Loehr, communications director for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), was awarded five journalism awards in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) Communications Contest.  Loehr was also named runner-up in the Contest Sweepstakes, receiving a $150 cash prize. NFPW president, Teri Ehresman presented the awards and Sweepstakes check to Loehr at the NFPW Communications Conference Awards Banquet in Anchorage on September 12.

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The “Inconvenient” Truth about Lightning Safety.

…July 13, 2015 — At this writing, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States this year. The National Weather Service (NWS) has stressed that all of these deaths were “avoidable” with most victims being just steps away from a safe place. The NWS says the death count is disturbing for another reason, too, as the number of deaths is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014).

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Lightning’s Dangers Hit Home in Eye-Opening PSA

Protecting people and property is theme emphasized for Lightning Safety Awareness Week…

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), a non-profit dedicated to promoting lightning safety, awareness and protection education, is unveiling an eye-opening new public service announcement today to kick off national Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 21-27.

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Lightning Safety Awareness Week 2015: “Building Lightning Safe Communities” to protect people, property & places!

Lightning Protection Institute to Kickoff 15th Annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Building Lightning Safe Communities initiative brings fun and educational events to NH…

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), is partnering with the National Weather Service (NWS) to organize several educational and awareness-driven launch events for Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 21-27.

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