What happens if a building gets struck by lightning?

What happens if a building gets struck by lightning?

What happens when a home is struck by lightning? If lightning strikes your home, you will hear an extremely loud, tremendous boom that may shake the entire house. An explosive surge can occur when a lightning charge passes through electrical wire. This is likely to start a fire and ruin the wires. The metal in any structure will conduct the current from ground to cloud to tree to house. So all structures should be constructed so they will not burn down.

If a building is constructed of wood, especially if it's old growth or harvested timber, it can burn easily. Have a fire extinguisher available at all times. When you hear smoke alarms going off, try to find the source of the fire immediately. If the building is occupied, call 911 first before you go inside. Ensure children and pets are safely away from the building.

If the building is made of concrete, there is a good chance that you will survive the strike. The lightning will pass through the concrete flooring or roof decking without causing damage. However, parts of the bolt may contact other objects within the concrete, such as water pipes or rebar, which could cause these items to crack or spall. Concrete buildings should have metal reinforcement bars embedded within the concrete to prevent structural damage due to lightning strikes. These bars are visible on top of the concrete and must be present for the building to be considered compliant with code requirements.

Does lightning affect electronics?

Lightning often causes one of two types of damage to electronics. A direct lightning strike will severely destroy both electrical and non-electrical goods in the home. In many cases, this will cause a fire, usually in the wiring within the walls or in the attic. Indirect contact with a channeled storm cloud will only cause damage to electronics if there is a surge of electricity that passes through the household wiring.

Electronics such as radios, televisions, heaters, air conditioners, and appliances with motors (such as refrigerators) all contain parts that can be damaged by lightning. These include metal parts inside the equipment and wire connections between components. If any of these devices are exposed to water due to flooding or other means, they may need to be replaced.

Lightning can also damage non-electricity items through shock. For example, it can break glass windows and doors or knock over furniture. Items that are not destroyed by fire may have their metal parts bent out of shape or covered in black soot from carbonized material. The risk of damage to these objects is mainly due to ground currents caused by lightning strikes. This can happen whether or not you are aware of it; for example, if you are sitting in a chair and it touches a metal part of the house, current will flow from the chair into the wall, down to the ground, and back to the chair.

Can lightning go through roofs?

A lightning bolt is dangerous enough on its own. It has the ability to penetrate a roof, scorch surrounding materials, and rip through attics. Lightning does not merely move; it may also ignite whatever it comes into contact with. And if it goes through wiring, it can spark an electrical fire elsewhere in the house due to exposed wires.

The best way to avoid damage from lightning is by staying clear of areas that attract it. For example, if you are standing under a tree during a storm, you will likely get hit by falling branches and even caught underneath them if they break off their current branch and strike ground level. That's why people who live in or near forests or wooded areas are at risk for being struck by lightning.

People who work as electricians know that power lines are highly susceptible to being hit by lightning because they act like conductors between the cloud and earth. If a line gets hit, nearby buildings and equipment could be damaged by high-voltage electricity. In fact, nearly all cases of death by lightning strike occur among people who work around power lines.

Finally, keep in mind that just because you aren't known to others doesn't mean you aren't vulnerable to being struck by lightning. If you are outdoors during a thunderstorm, take precautions to protect yourself against this deadly hazard.

What happens when lightning strikes a power line?

A tremendous surge of electricity can pass through your electrical system and harm any equipment hooked into outlets if lightning strikes your house or neighboring power lines. This can happen even if you're not home when it does so. If this should ever happen in your house, check the roof for damage; if there is none, then call your electric company immediately to report the outage.

If you see any broken glass on the ground near your house or anywhere else outside, do not touch it! Doing so could cause an electrical hazard. Instead, call your electric company right away to report the incident.

If you are inside your house when it occurs, such as while you're sleeping, then you are in grave danger because you will have no way to know if the current is still flowing through your wiring system. It is very important to shut off the power at the main box of your house with metal pins to prevent anyone from being injured by the lightning strike. Contact your electric company immediately after waking up in the morning to report what has happened.

If you wait too long to contact your electric company after a thunderstorm, they will likely charge you for a full day even though you had no power for only a few hours.

Can lightning damage house wiring?

A lightning strike can ignite a fire in the wiring behind walls or in ceilings, as well as damage plugs, switches, fixtures, electronics, and appliances once inside the residence. Damage to wiring within walls may be quite expensive to repair. Outside wall outlets are the most common location for a lightning strike to also damage house wiring. Ceilings are another common site for lightning to damage wiring inside homes. The metal frame of a ceiling fan is a good place for lightning to enter the house wiring. If you own a home with copper wiring, it's important to understand that this type of wiring is particularly vulnerable to damage from lightning strikes.

Copper wiring is still used for most of the wiring in houses built before 1994 because it is much more durable than modern wiring methods which use aluminum or plastic wires inside walls. But even with modern wiring methods, damaged house wiring should be replaced because it is possible for other parts of the wiring to remain intact but for there to be a short circuit condition if one of the other wires gets nicked, bent, or even just dirty.

Lightning can also damage wiring outside of your house in close proximity to the ground. For example, cable TV lines often run along roads near people's homes; if there's a storm cloud approaching, electricity will flow along these lines until they reach a ground point, at which time they shut off.

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Dorothy Coleman

Dorothy Coleman is a professional interior designer who loves to blog about her favorite topics. She has a degree in Interior Design from the University of Brighton and a background in art, which she finds fascinating. Dorothy's hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and discovering new restaurants with friends. Her ultimate goal is to help others create their dream home!

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