Lightning Myth vs Fact
According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, & hundreds more are severely injured. Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.
MYTH: If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.
FACT:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from heavy rainfall.
MYTH: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
FACT: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.
MYTH: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
FACT: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.
MYTH: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
FACT: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.
MYTH: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
FACT: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.