The Importance of Installing Lightning Protection Systems
Perhaps you are thinking that lightning does not strike twice in the same place. Lightning has struck twice or more in many places and this is the reality. And most of the time they strike more than once. It is the cloud to ground attraction that crates lightning so, the conditions that create lightning the first time can bring it back again at any other time.
Lighting has many harmful effects since its power is very destructive. The potential electrical power that lightning carriers is hundreds of millions of volts. Lightning can melt and vaporize metals, burst bricks and stones shatter concrete, split wood and more. If you are to have a lightning protection system, then it should protect your home against these types of damages.
Statistics show that damages due to lightning reaches several hundred million dollars. Property is not the only one damaged by lightning but it also kills people and severely injures others. Proper lightning protection in the home can help prevent these serious damages from occurring.
The best protection that you can install in you home is a lightning rod system. If a lightning rod system is properly designed, installed and grounded in the home, it will prove a safe, effective, and reliable protection for your structure. NO matter what the size, location, or construction of your home is, your home can be immune from damages caused when lightning strikes.
Lightning protection systems use materials that are conductors. Electricity received by the lightning rod when lightning hits it is discharged quickly and harmlessly to the ground. If you are inside your home when the lightning strikes, you will not even know that you house has been struck.
Trees cannot protect your home from lightning because they do not conduct electricity well. The reason why trees cannot protect your home is that when they are struck by lightning, the current can side flash or follow a ground voltage route that can cause serious damage to your home. So, homeowners with trees surrounding their homes, also put lightning protection on their trees.
Protect yourself when lightning strikes by installing lightning rods and protectors. Today lightning protection systems are undetectable. They are practically invisible from the ground. You can conceal your lightning protection system within your walls and the only thing that can be seen is the roof top air terminals.
Proper installation of lightning protection systems is important. It should only be installed by a trained expert. Improperly installed lightning can cause sparks that may result in fire, death or injury. Don’t try to install the system yourself to avoid accidents. Your lightning protection installers should adhere to the requirements of national safety standards.