Lightning Rods & Electrostatics
Louisa Dai 9C
What are Lightning Rods?
How Lightning Rods Work
Lightning is negatively charged and the lightning rod is either positively charged or neutral. These different charges will attract each other, as stated in the Laws of Electrostatic Charges. The lightning will "jump" to the rod, then travel down to the earth where the charge is grounded. This effectively neutralizes the lightning safely so that no structures are damaged and no living beings are hurt.