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Virginia’s Leader in Lightning Protection Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Community Event to Support Landmark Fire Prevention Week Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two champions of fire prevention and safety are celebrating anniversary milestones this October. Loehr Lightning Protection Co., Virginia's leader in lightning protection system (LPS) services since 1947, is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) to support the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW) and celebrate its own 75th company anniversary with a community event at the Hazen Memorial Library, in historic Bon Air, Va., on Thursday, October 6, from 3 to 7 p.m.

"Lightning is the weather threat that affects most people in most parts of our state and country, and it's also a leading fire threat," said Kimberly Loehr, president at Loehr Lightning Protection Co. and member of the National Lightning Safety Council. "A lightning strike can pack over 300 million volts of power-mega electricity that can ignite a devastating home or structural fire in seconds."

While safety standard-compliant lightning protection systems (LPS) can provide a safe and effective grounding network to protect structures from the lightning threat, most property owners aren't aware of their availability.

According to experts at the Lightning Protection Institute, the NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems is recognized as the most comprehensive resource for reducing lightning risks at U.S. properties. The NFPA regularly reviews LPS methods and materials through its code process to make sure that lightning protection methods and materials keep pace with our ever-changing building technology.

This year's FPW campaign, "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape™" seeks to educate the public about simple, but important actions for staying safe in the event of a home fire.

"Today's homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

"Lightning strikes that occur in the darkness of night can be especially difficult to recognize and detect," said Loehr. "Even in the light of day, lightning fires aren't always visible in their initial stages and it's not unusual for these blazes to originate in enclosed spaces like the attic, basement or electrical panels."

NFPA's Fire Prevention campaign is believed to be the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Since 1922, the country has seen huge progress in the fire safety movement with the construction of fire-resistant buildings and improvements in fire suppression techniques.

"Fire Prevention Month is a good time to remind property owners about a very common, very destructive, yet little understood fire risk," added Loehr, who is a NFPA Building Fire Safety Systems section member and longtime supporter of the organization's October campaign. "Partnering with fire safety officials is just one of the ways we've helped build lightning safe communities throughout the years."

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) programs and activities in Bon Air, Va. please contact Chesterfield Fire and EMS. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit and


Since 1947, Loehr Lightning Protection Co. has served as Virginia's leader in lightning protection system design, installation and consultation to protect lives, property and assets from lightning's deadly and destructive force. A family-owned women-owned and operated SWaM business, it is LLP's priority to continue its reputation as "A Striking Difference" in the lightning protection industry for many years to come.

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Taking it Down to Earth: Debunking Myths about Lightning Protection

CUMBERLAND, Maine -- Old and new myths about lightning protection continue to circulate through the internet and unsafe lightning protection products still manage to find their way into construction job specifications in many parts of the U.S. To help safeguard properties from a leading weather threat, the National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC) is stressing the importance of separating fact from fallacy about lightning protection systems (LPS).

"Despite the wealth of accurate information on lightning, lightning safety and lightning protection, there are still many myths and misunderstandings that persist," said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NLSC.

Just in time for Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the NLSC debunks five common myths about lightning protection:

1 - Lightning rods attract lightning

Unfortunately, this is a common misconception about lightning protection. Lightning protection systems and strike termination devices (industry name for lightning rods which are part of the system) work in conjunction with a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide a safe and effective path that dissipates lightning's harmful electricity into the earth.

2 - Tall trees protect a structure against lightning

False. Lightning can side-flash from a tree and hit a nearby structure. Additionally, when lightning strikes and travels underground along tree roots, it can enter a structure by jumping onto nearby telephone, cable and electrical lines, introducing harmful surges. Lightning can also injure a tree from a direct strike, causing limbs to split and fall onto a nearby structure.

3 - Homes and building are already grounded and don't need lightning protection

The electrical ground installed by an electrician is there to protect the internal workings of the electrical system in a building to accommodate everyday electricity usage-it's not designed to handle the mega electricity (100 million + volts of power or 200 kA of electrical energy!) that a lightning strike can pack.

4 - A lightning rod is easy to install

Lightning protection is a complex system (not just a "rod") of UL-listed materials and methods which comply with nationally-recognized safety standards of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). LPS is not a do-it-yourself project. Only trained experts like LPI-certified lightning protection contractors should install lightning protection systems, since design and installation is rarely within the scope of expertise held by homeowners, general contractors or roofers.

5 - Surge protection and "whole house" arresters protect structures from lightning

False. Surge protection is only one element of a complete lightning protection system. A grounding network for lightning (lightning protection system) must be implemented to provide structural protection. A LPS that meets national safety standards includes strike termination devices, down conductors, bonding, grounding and UL-rated surge protection devices.

"Lightning just wants to get to ground and a safety standard compliant lightning protection system helps it get there without harmful impact to the structure, contents or building systems," said Kimberly Loehr, a lightning protection specialist and member of the NLSC. "The concept is simple, but the safety standards are complex and detail principles including zone of protection, common bonding of grounded systems, potential equalization of ground impedance, lightning risk assessment and much more," explained Loehr.

People looking to learn more about lightning safety, risk reduction and the annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week campaign, June 19-25, 2022, can visit


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Photo Caption: A safety standard compliant lightning protection system (LPS) functions as a grounding network to intercept a lightning strike and provide an effective path for dissipating lightning's destructive electricity into the earth without harmful impact to a structure, its contents or building systems.


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Assessing Lightning’s Potential for Catastrophic Risk is Key for Building Lightning Safe Communities

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Those familiar with New York's "Darkest Hours" likely remember the mayhem of the city's July 13, 1977 blackout. But few may be able to recall it was lightning (three sequential strikes), which caused the catastrophic event that shut down one of the world's largest cities in a matter of minutes, says DEHN, Inc.

"A single lightning event can have enormous consequences in terms of safety, damaged equipment, loss of vital data and operational breakdowns," said Mark Hendricks, vice president and technical director at DEHN, Inc. "Unfortunately, too many industries, businesses and property owners find out the hard way that lightning protection is an essential measure for safety and building resilience."

According to the National Lightning Safety Council, a typical lightning strike is about 300 million volts and can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit-five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Compared to a household electrical current of 120 volts and 115 amps, lightning's extreme electricity packs a massive punch, which can have devastating results to unprotected structures.

As the global market leader for lightning protection, grounding and surge solutions, DEHN, Inc. is supporting International Lightning Safety Day (ILSD21) and its Building Lightning Safe Communities initiative by providing solutions to protect lives, property and material assets from a leading weather threat. The company's track record in total lightning protection solutions includes a dedicated research and development department, more than 4,000 tested LPS products and a worldwide network of 1,900 employees in over 70 countries-including the U.S.

"Effective protection against lightning-internal and external, direct and indirect surges can be provided by safety standard compliant lightning protection systems," explained Hendricks.

Both international lightning protection system guidelines of IEC 62305 and U.S. safety standards of NFPA 780 require grounding, bonding and surge protection to address total solution protection. Unfortunately, building codes set minimum standards which may not take lightning into account, which is why DEHN provides a comprehensive Lightning Risk Assessment as a mitigation tool for calculating a structure's potential for exposure.

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DEHN is a globally active family-owned electrotechnical market leader providing innovative products, solutions and comprehensive services in lightning protection, surge protection, and safety equipment since 1910. The company's DEHN, Inc. expansion in North America as a Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) Class I Manufacturer and board member company is helping to advance the art and science of proven and effective lightning protection in the U.S.

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