Lightning...the underrated killer

Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

MYTHS VS. FACTS

 
MYTH:

If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.

Picture of Bolt From Blue
It's Not Raining - No Way I'll Get Struck

FACT:

Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.

   
MYTH:

The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect your from being struck by lightning.

Picture of Shoe
My Shoes Will Protect Me From Lightning

FACT:

Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

   
MYTH:

People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.

Picture of Lightning Victims
Don't Touch Them Or You'll Get Shocked

FACT:

Lightning-strike victims carry NO electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

   
MYTH:

"Heat Lightning" occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.

Picture of Lightning Causing a Fire
Heat Lightning Strikes When It's Hot

FACT:

What is referred to as "heat lightning" is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction!


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