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Safety from Lightning Strikes in a Storm Shelter

Am I safe from lightning in my steel above ground storm shelter?

Some people are concerned that lightning can actually penetrate a steel shelter.

YES! You are completely safe…and here is why!

The safety of a steel structure during an electrical storm can be explained with a little trip back to science class.

It's called the Faraday Effect.

This effect is named for the English scientist Michael Faraday who invented the so-called “Faraday Cage” back in 1836. The steel cage (storm shelter) acts as a conductor by channeling through the steel providing constant voltage on all sides of the structure evenly. Since the difference in voltage is the measure of electrical potential, no current flows through the inside of the shelter. Yay for science!

Below is an example of the Faraday Cage Effect

Faraday Effect

Another great example of how this effect can keep people safe is when electrical linemen are asked to wear Faraday suits when working on electrical lines. These specially designed suits allow them to work on high voltage power lines without the risk of electrocution. The suit prevents electrical current from flowing through the body.

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