A lightning rod is a component of a lightning protection system. It is designed to protect houses or buildings from getting struck by direct lightning in case of a storm or poor weather conditions.
More so, lightning protection helps in protecting buildings from fire incidents incited by lightning bolts.
This component plays a pivotal role in a lightning protection system. It works by redirecting a lightning bolt if lightning strikes.
The redirection leads the bolt to the floor or a farther spot hence protecting the building underneath.
In many cases, it sends it to the ground so that it can be discharged dangerous electricity. The rod is made up of metal or wire, it is installed to an open and accessible part of a building top.
The rod is placed on top of the tallest part of the structure to catch and divert lightning to a safe area into the ground.
Types of lightning protection instruments:
There are three main types of lightning protection systems or methods. They are as follows:
- Lightning rod protection
- Lightning rod and wires combined
- A lightning conductor supported by a mesh cage
The cage allows the protection to be extended to a greater part of the building. The rod and the rod with wires are used in other instances.
The approach taken should be based on your requirements and expert analysis of the property.
How Does It Work?
The lightning rod is a metallic rod made out of conductive materials such as copper.
Struck lightning is sent to the ground because of its high resistance nature which is nonconducting.
The ground materials cause it to be distributed on the floor without causing fire or other damage. The passage of electric current can be severely dangerous if it hits a building, person or item.
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