HomeStormsLightning Myths and Facts

Its that time of year where thunderstorms are starting to come around. Here are some neat myths and facts about lightening and lightening safety. For more myths go to the link below!

www.lightiningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml

 

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightening by insulating you from the ground

Fact: Most cars are safe from lightening, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightening. When lightening strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: Lightening never strikes the same place twice

Fact: Lightening often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if its a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightening is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground

Fact: Lying flat actually increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving towards a safe shelter.

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house you are 100% safe from lightning

Fact: A house is safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

 

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