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National Fire Protection Association  The authority on fire, electrical, building safety. Certifying evidence of competency  from professionals in  their practice specialties  LPI Certified  Master Installer  MLG’s lead designer has achieved Master Installer status, proving full comprehension of Lightning Protection Systems NFPA 780 & LPI 175    Lightning Protection Institute  A nationwide not-for-profit  organization, provides  information on lightning safety protection systems Underwriters Laboratory Inc.   Independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and  certification organization. MLG is certified from UL University for “Designing for Compliance  to UL 96A” United Lightning  Protection Association  A trade organization  dedicated to promoting  Lightning Protection,  Awareness, and Safety Lightning Safety Alliance Corporation  A non-profit, non-stock  national corporation  comprised of lightning  protection manufacturers,  distributors, installers and  others interested in  lightning protection issues Associations & Partners
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Lightning facts gathered by The Lightning Protection Institute

A single bolt of lightning can carry over 30 million volts of electricity. Lightning can rip through roofs, explode brick and concrete and ignite fires. Roofs, sidewalls, framing and electrical wires are the areas most ignited by lightning fires. – U.S. Fire Administration/Topical Fire Research The average homeowner lightning claim in the U.S. is over $5,000, with claims rising since 2004 and losses ranging from damage to expensive electronic equipment to structural fires that destroyed entire homes. – Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) Lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings in the U.S. – Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Lightning Protection is designed for two objectives. A lightning protection system shields a home and provides a direct path to ground for the lightning current to flow. It must also prevent damage to the home as the current flows through the system. Lightning protection systems keep homeowners and their property safe from lightning. - Lightning Protection Institute In Canada the Ontario Fire Marshall’s inspected lightning protection systems and tracked lightning damage. During 1918-1939 they documented 17,982 lightning related fires of which just 17 involved structures with lightning protection installed. This is an efficiency of 99.999 percent. They also reported that “in no case has a building rodded under the Lightning Rod Act been destroyed by lightning after having been inspected by the Fire Marshall’s office.” - Ontario Fire Marshall/Lightning Safety Alliance

Prevent Tragedy & Protect Your Assets

What is the personal risk to your family? What is the risk of structural damage or complete loss of your home? Are electrical systems or equipment damage a sustainable failure for your family? Are there liability insurance benefits / consequences for installing or not installing LP and Grounding Systems? What is the cost and inconvenience for minor/major damages to: o main structures, out buildings and trees o personal belongings, automobiles o electrical boxes & circuits o generators, appliances, audio/video equipment, computer equipment, tools o smart-house electrical systems, security systems & low voltage wiring Find out more: Contact MLG for a free in-home estimate 216-406-1742

LSA Learning Lightning Lunch for Architects & Engineers

The Lightning Safety Alliance is a Registered Provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned upon completion of CES programs will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available for self reporting credits. More than 30 LSA members are trained and authorized to present our continuing education program. Current class offering: Lightning Protection Basics 101, a review of proper lightning protection system design and application as conforms with UL and NFPA lightning protection requirements. Contact MLG to schedule your free class & lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

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Lightning Safety Tips from LPI

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm. Postpone outdoor activities. Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder. Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside. Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard- topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains. Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives. Source: