So what happens inside the shelter? Think of a deep sea submarine submerged thousands of feet below sea level. Imagine a crack in the window shatters causing an extreme change of pressure. That extreme sudden pressure change will cause the submarine to implode. That can give you a pretty good assessment of what could happen to a storm shelter near a detonation.
See how an extreme change of pressure can cause a soda can to implode (Neat science experiment to show the kids). Turn down the volume, and skip to 1:20 in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG5YmkmfCpA
A nuclear weapon (or any large explosion) can cause a shockwave that produces sudden pressure changes several miles away from the point of detonation. If such pressure waves enter a shelter, they will do substantial harm to the occupants and equipment.
Solution?How can we make our storm shelter safe from a nearby blast? A set of blast valves is a perfect solution that all good bomb shelters have. A blast valve can be placed on the ventilation pipes to guard against pressure changes. The blast valves are equipped with springs that keep a disk centered away from both entries. Pressure displaces the disk along the axle, until it plugs one entry or the other. After the blast, the springs return the disk to the center and re-open the valve. A blast valve isn’t common with storm shelters. If you have a storm shelter or are thinking about getting a storm shelter, you should definitely keep a blast valve in mind.
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