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.
- FEMA. "Lightning Safety by Sabrina." Undated. 7/25/10.http://www.fema.gov/kids/sabrina.htm
- National Weather Service. "Lightning Safety." Undated. 7/25/10.http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/
- 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
- NOAA. "Weather Safety: Lightning." Undated. 7/25/10.http://www.weather.gov/os/lightning/resources/lightning-safety.pdf
- 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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