Debunking Common Lightning Myths
When it comes to lightning, you’re probably already familiar with a few persistent myths. In fact, you might not even realize they are myths because they’ve become so commonplace. We’ve got the facts to keep in mind -- and keep you safe -- the next time a storm looms on the horizon.
Five Storm-Related Myths about Lightning
Here are five storm-related myths about lightning we’re sure you’ve heard before.
How many boxes can you check?
- “Crouching down will protect me from lightning.”
- “I shouldn’t help a lightning victim because then I’ll get shocked.”
- “Well, lightning never strikes the same place twice.”
- “It isn’t raining and there are no clouds above us, so we are safe from lightning.”
- “Let’s shelter under this tree to stay safe and dry.”
Let’s break these myths down, one by one.
- Just because you are crouched down does not make you a smaller target for lightning to strike. If you’re outside when a storm approaches, it is best to run to a secure, indoor location until it passes.
- If someone is struck by lightning, the first thing you should do is start performing CPR. The human body is incapable of holding electricity. Because of this, there is no reason to not spring into action.
- Lightning has no rules… the same spot can be struck multiple times. Just look at the Empire State Building, which has been struck by lightning more than 50 times!
- Rain or not, if you can hear thunder you are close enough to get struck by lightning.
- Sheltering yourself under a tree during a thunderstorm could quite possibly be worse than standing there or running to a further point of safety.
The best thing to do in a thunderstorm is to stay alert and know the closest indoor place to get to.
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