Components of a Lightning Protection System
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Applied Lightning Safety Group specializes in Huntington lightning protection systems to protect your home or structure. Lightning protection systems are used in many types of buildings, including homes, factories, hotels and towers. When lightning hits an unprotected building, it chooses a path to the ground. This could be a phone, electrical lines, or pipes, and can cause fire, shock waves, damage to appliances, or side flashes that can ignite other materials and injure anyone in the way. Lightning protection systems protect structures from fire and damage that lighting can cause when it hits by providing a safe pathway to the ground. They are comprised of three things.
The first component is an air terminal, or a rod (the development invented by Benjamin Franklin). These act as a terminal for a lightning discharge. At the top of the rod is often a pointed needed or a sphere. The air terminal may be the least important part of a lightning protection system, but it is often still necessary. Contrary to popular belief, the rods do not attract lightning.
The second part of the system are the conductor cables. These heavy cables carry lightning current to the ground from the rods when the lightning hits. They often run around and along the roof. This helps divert the lightning current around the building so it doesn’t affect the building.
The third component of a lightning protection system are the ground rods. These are heavy rods that are buried into the earth around the structure. After the lightning goes through the conductor cables, they continue on to the ground rods so the lightning can be safely discharged in the ground.
The best lightning protection systems are most effective when they are planned for during the construction of a home. At our lightning protection company, we are committed to making sure your home is protected and do our best to make sure the installation and maintenance of your system is as convenient as possible. Contact us today for more information about how to protect your home or to schedule an appointment.