How a Lightning Protection System Works
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A lightning protection system is one of the most important safety features that you can add to your home. When lightning strikes a building, it looks for the easiest way to reach the ground. A lightning protection system is composed of rods, conductor cables, and ground rods, to give the lightning a safe path to the ground that protects your home and all the people inside your home. Without a lightning protection system, there are many things in your home that are good conductors for lightning, including the phone line, electrical line, water or gas pipes, or the building if it is steel-framed. If lightning doesn’t have a safe path to the ground, it will follow one of these paths listed. This can be very dangerous and has the potential to do a variety of damage.
One of the most common ways that lightning can damage a home or structure is by causing a fire. A fire can start wherever there is flammable material near the path of the lightning. This can be wood, paper, gas pipes, insulation or electrical wiring. If the electrical wiring gets heated from the lighting, it can affect everywhere along the system.
If you have appliances plugged in and lightning strikes your home, they can be severely damaged. This could include TVs, microwaves, washers, dryers, computers, or lamps.
Lightning can also jump through the air to better reach a conductor. These are called side flashes and can ignite anything flammable nearby, or can hit a person if they are in the way of the path. Shock waves are another common hazard of lightning. They can blow out walls and windows and destroy building materials.
It is important that your home is protected with a lightning protection system. Applied Lightning provides comprehensive lightning protection that includes structural lightning fire protection, personal safety protection, household wiring protection and electronic systems protection. If you are in the process of building an estate home, contact us to get more information on our lightning protection systems and make a plan to protect your home today.