Lightning Safety: 3 Myths – And The Facts That Go With Them

Lightning Safety: 3 Myths – and the facts!

When thunder roars, go indoors! This truism actually holds up. But most of what we think we know about lightning is actually fiction! Here are a few common myths, along with the facts, that can help keep you, your family, and your home safe in a storm.

Myth #1: Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice

Fact: It often strikes the same place repeatedly – especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object.

Myth #2: Lightning only strikes tall objects

Fact: It may hit the ground rather than a tree, a parked car instead of a nearby telephone pole, and even a parking lot instead of a building. It’s indiscriminate and can strike anywhere.

Myth #3: A house will keep you safe during a storm

Fact: While your home is the safest place during a storm, it isn’t enough. Make sure to avoid any conducting path leading outside – such as electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, plumbing, metal doors, and metal window frames. An inside room, away from windows, is usually safe. But a home equipped with a professionally installed protection system is the safest shelter available.

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