How Do I Protect My House Against a Nuclear Attack?


Nuclear explosions first cause a great burst of light and heat that can blind eyes and blister skin. The three miles surrounding a nuclear explosion face complete destruction, and all areas within about 25 miles face damage from both the blast and the subsequent nuclear fallout. You can increase the light protections of hiding in your house by taking steps to build a nuclear shelter and keeping appropriate survival goods stocked.

Things You'll Need

  • Lead panels
  • Water bottles
  • Canned food
  • Radio
  • Storm windows
  • Cover your home with lead paneling. Lead withstands the radiation caused by nuclear fallout. However, lead can be dangerous, so avoid putting lead in any areas you come into contact with. Line another material on top of or underneath lead paneling to avoid the risks of lead poisoning. You might choose to completely avoid lead paneling because the risk of lead poisoning is much greater than the risk of nuclear attack.

  • Cover your basement walls with lead. If you are too close to a nuclear attack, your house might be damaged beyond repair---no matter the precautions you take. If you turn your basement into a bomb shelter, you provide yourself with a greater chance of survival.

  • Replace conventional windowpanes with storm windows. Nuclear blasts damage windows as far as 25 miles away from the detonation site.

  • Replace wooden roofs with tile. Heat causes the greatest risk of burning your house during a nuclear attack. Chose heat-resistant materials in home design whenever possible.

  • Stock your basement with survival necessities such as water bottles, canned food, bedding, a radio, clothing and books or games for entertainment. You want at least 14 days of supplies for each person in your household. Choose canned food with little sodium because these foods will compromise the bulk of your diet if you're forced to take shelter. Excessive sodium causes water retention and can increase your risk of heart problems.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take refuge indoors whenever there is a risk of nuclear attack. People exposed outdoors are at the greatest risk of injury and death.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit House image by Gonçalo Carreira from
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Build a Bunker

    You don't have to be in active warfare to want a bunker. If you have lots of land and like to play...

  • How to Build a Basement Storm Shelter

    A storm shelter constructed in your basement is a sound and practical idea. People are far more likely to use an indoor...

  • How do I Defend Against an EMP Threat?

    An ever-present threat in the digital age, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) are a relatively recent addition to the terrorist arsenal. They threaten the...

  • How to Protect Against EMP Attacks

    Nuclear weapons are best known for their ability to create massive devastation and death on the ground when detonated over a city....

  • How to Survive After an EMP

    An electro magnetic pulse, or EMP, is a burst of electromagnetic radiation from an explosion or changes in a magnetic field. A...

  • Basement Layout Plan Ideas

    Refinishing a basement is an excellent opportunity to expand your living space, and in many cases, increase the resale value of your...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!