What Is the Purpose of a Lightning Rod?

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The purpose of a lightning rod is to route the strike energy to a ground. This is much the same way the ground wire in a ground fault circuit interrupter works. The electrical charge in the lightning strike is attracted by the metal rod and, through a wire, sent into the ground. You can find more information here: http://www.fi.edu/pieces/hongell/
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A lightning rod is a metal rod mounted up high to attract lightning to strike it instead of striking a nearby tree or your house or your head.
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It places a conductor of electricity higher than the highest otherwise point of the building. Lightning will generally go after the highest/tallest object around. The lightning rod
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Lightning rods were first developed in America's colonial days to protect buildings from fire generated through lightning strikes. They are mounted on the roofs of buildings and connected
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It is when you walk outside holding a golf club or other metal object during a thunderstorm. Place the handle end of the golf cloub into the ground away from trees and your house.
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