Lightning Protection Equipment

Lightning Protection Equipment guide lightning to the earth and protect your home from damage and fire caused by direct lightning strikes. Typical places to see them are masts, towers, and tall buildings. Overall lightning protection systems consist of two components: external thunderheads (lightning protection) and internal surge protection (surge protection). Lightning protection systems include air terminals (lightning rods and strike termination devices), bonding conductors, and ground terminals (the rods or plates used to ground the system) as well as all the connectors and supports to complete the system.

A lightning protection equipment does not prevent lightning from striking the structure; rather, it intercepts a lightning strike, provides a path for the harmful electrical discharge to follow (use of UL-listed copper or aluminum cables), and safely dissipates the discharge into the earth. Is lightning protection necessary? Buildings and structures are not required to be protected from lightning however it is highly advised and for some insurance companies a requirement.

Lighting protection systems are designed to protect facilities from lightning strikes by preventing the strike from reaching the ground. Your equipment is protected from damage by a surge protection system. Surge protection for devices within the home is part of a full lightning protection system. Copper rods mounted on or near a home are referred to as lightning rods. Providing the least amount of resistance to ground is the purpose of this copper rod. The path to ground with the least resistance is followed by electricity.

Protective grounding involves grounding metal parts not attached to or indirectly connected with the current carriage, but which may become electrically energized in the event of a failure. As the lightning protection equipment conducts atmospheric discharge currents into the ground, lightning protection serves to protect against damage. Electrical systems are most likely to suffer electrical shocks if their grounding system is not properly grounded. To protect against electrical faults, it provides a low-resistance path to ground.

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