Myth Busting Lightning! It is Lightning Safe Week.

Lightning Safe Week is June 22-28

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. (Yes mas of Yesterday, it is officially Summer!)

This article will talk about lightning and safety precautions therefore.

"If there's lightning, lay down flat on the ground! Seek shelter under a tree! And don't touch someone who's been struck or you'll get shocked!" How many lightning myths have you heard?

The truth is if you lay down on the ground, you're more exposed to electrical currents running underground! Never seek shelter from lightning under a tree. It is actually the second leading cause of lightning fatalities! And if someone is struck by lightning, don't be scared to assist him or her immediately. The human body does not store electricity, and helping them immediately could be essential to their survival!

Before you go out in the rain, it is crucial to know your facts.

  • LightningBoltLightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object.
  • Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires.
  • A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity.
  • Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.

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Outdoor Lightning Safety 

  • Seek

Vehicle (stay inside with windows closed)  
Ditch, trench or low ground
(except in heavy rain)
Group of shrubs or trees of uniform height

  • Squat, kneel or sit, don’t lie flat
  • Cover ears with hands

Indoor Lightning Precautions

  • Stand clear from windows, doors and electrical appliances
  • Avoid contact with piping, including sinks, bath/shower area, faucets
  • Avoid using telephone except in emergency

If you’re caught outside, stay in or get in your vehicle if it’s close by, and keep the windows closed. If you are unable to reach adequate shelter, seek the lowest available ground, while avoiding ditches or trenches in heavy rain. Seek out a group of trees or shrubs of the same height.

Wherever you are, don’t lie flat on the ground.  You present a smaller target for lightning if you squat, kneel or sit.

Remember that Lightning danger is not limited to the outdoors.  If you are indoors while an electrical storm is passing through your area, be sure to:

Stand clear from windows, doors and electrical appliances

Avoid contact with piping, including sinks, bath/shower area and faucets

Avoid using a telephone except in an emergency

Covering your ears will help prevent damage from loud thunder right above you.

Keep yourself and others safe by being lighting aware. Lightning Safety Week begins June 22! For more information on lightning, visit the NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

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Lightning Safety Myths and Facts


Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, 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 lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

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 a 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.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones,Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.
Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.
Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

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