5 Tips for Thunderstorm Safety


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Know the Facts

There are a lot of myths about thunderstorms and lightning. It's important for you to understand the facts before you make a bad judgment call:

  • Rubber-soled shoes won't protect you from lightning.
  • If someone has been struck by lightning, he will not carry a residual charge. So, it's safe to help without putting yourself at risk.
  • A lightning ground strike can travel through a telephone land-line and injure someone indoors. It happens every year somewhere in the U.S. Cell phones are safe, though.
  • What's true for phone lines is true for plumbing, so stay out of the tub or shower until the thunderstorm's passed by.
  • Sheds, porches and tents provide no protection from lightning. If you're standing on the porch watching nature's light show, go back indoors.
  • Rubber car tires will not protect you from lightning. The car's steel frame and top may, though. Just avoid touching any of the metal parts inside the vehicle.

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Sources

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  • National Weather Service. "Lightning: What You Need to Know." Undated. 7/25/10.http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/resources/Lightning_What_you_Need_to_Know.pdf
  • NOAA. "Thunderstorm, Tornados, Lightning." Undated. 7/24/10.http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/resources/ttl6-10.pdf
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  • University of Florida Extension. "Lightning Safety." 2008. 7/25/10.http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/families_and_consumers/lightning_safety.html
  • Weather.com. "Driving Tips: Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning." Undated 7/25/10.http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/thunder.html

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