Lightning Protection Resources From the Experts in Trenton
Lightning Protection Institute – Inspection Program
LPI-IP handles LPI certification for completed installations of lightning protection systems. Using LPI-certified Master Installers, an independent engineering review of drawings, and third-party field inspection, LPI-IP provides quality assurance for the end user according to the national standards NFPA, LPI and UL.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
UL is an independent testing laboratory with multiple offices for field inspection of products and systems. UL has offered an inspection program for completed lightning protection systems. They offer a listing of registered lightning protection installation contractors involved in their program.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is responsible for the national fire codes in the United States, including NFPA 780 – Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems. This document is the basis for all design and installations of complete lightning protection systems and serves as the control document for the other lightning protection standards.
AIA Continuing Education Credits for Design Professionals
The Lightning Safety Alliance is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. More than 30 LSA members are trained to present the program on lightning protection. Please contact LSA for more information.
American Petroleum Institute (API)
API includes the oil and gas industry. They have a separate standard covering lightning protection for these types of structures, and additional research and information on tanks, processing vessels, etc. typical to their industry.
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disaster. It is the nation’s fastest-growing disaster safety education organization with more than 100 partners, including FEMA, The Home Depot, National Weather Service and State Farm.
Institute for Business & Home Safety
Not-for-profit whose mission is to reduce effects of property losses by researching and advocating improved construction and maintenance.
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE is the resource organization for professional engineers involved in many types of electrical research, including lightning protection and particularly surge suppression. IEEE has several standards written to cover the subject of lightning arrestors, transient voltage surge suppression (TVSS) and surge protectors.
Insurance Information Institute
The mission of the Insurance Information Institute is to improve public understanding of insurance – what it does and how it works. For more than 40 years, the III has provided definitive insurance information. III is a primary source of information, analysis and referral concerning insurance.
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA is the U.S. government’s public organization including the National Weather Service. This site contains many outstanding informational pieces on personal consideration and protection during lightning storms.
Safer Design for Safer Play
Lightning-risk.org was developed by the Lightning Protection Institute and the Lightning Safety Alliance to help educate consumers, design professionals and facility operators about effective measures and best practices in lightning safety strategies for outdoor recreational facilities of all types. This initiative aligns with efforts of the National Weather Service (NWS), which encourages facilities to adopt comprehensive lightning protection strategies to protect patrons and employees.
Vaisala operates the National Lightning Detection Network in the United States. The system triangulates a location for every lightning strike to earth within a square kilometer area. This information is then offered for sale for various purposes, and is a tremendous resource for finding the level of lightning activity in any locale.