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.