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LA Fire Marshal issues new lightning protection guidelines

LA Fire Marshal issues new lightning protection guidelines
LA Fire Marshal
Consumer Alert
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 9:52am

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office issued a statement on Thursday urging all property owners with buildings and homes constructed after 1989 with yellow CSST installed, to have the tubing checked for proper bonding and grounding.

All are encouraged to have these systems checked by a qualified and licensed electrician.

Yellow CSST is a flexible metal gas tubing used in many homes and buildings since 1989. It is used to supply natural gas or propane to furnaces, water heaters and/or other gas appliances. Do not confuse yellow CSST with the flexible gas appliance connectors used in many homes.

Direct or indirect lightning strikes on or near a structure may cause damage to tubing. Any gas that leaks as a result of that damage can ignite and may cause a significant fire.

Since 2007, new or modified installations of yellow CSST have been required to reduce this risk.

Homeowners and property owners who have yellow CSST installed in their homes are encouraged to determine if the system meets current requirements.

A licensed electrical contractor should be contacted to make the correct determination on proper bonding of the CSST system. Consumers should consider all of the qualifications of the contractor before selecting a company to perform a safety check of their systems.

Although previous installations of yellow CSST may have been installed in compliance with code requirements at the time of their installation, it is recommended these systems be checked for proper bonding to meet the current state building codes and/or manufacturer’s installation instructions.  

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