Top 5 Lightning Myths and Facts

Posted by on Sunday, April 23, 2017
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With thunderstorm season fast approaching, we tackle the top five lightning myths.

Myth: If you are outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: If you are outside, you should go inside a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. Crouching down doesn't make you any safer. You are not safe anywhere outdoors.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: This is the most common myth. Lightning often strikes the same place more than once. For example the CN Tower in Toronto gets struck on average 75 times a year.

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, there is no lightning danger.
Fact: Lightning can strike 15 to 20 km's from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is not the rubber tires but rather the shape of the car. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground.

Myth: If someone gets struck by lightning, you can't help them or 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.



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