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000 NOUS41 KBOX 231331 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-241345- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 931 AM EDT THU JUN 23 2016 ...Lightning Safety Awareness Week Continues - Lightning Myths and Facts... Myth - If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck. Fact - Crouching does not make you any safer outdoors. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. Myth - Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Fact - Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it is a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times per year. Myth - If it`s not raining or there aren`t even any clouds overhead, you are safe from lightning. Fact - Lightning often strikes more than 3 miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. So-called bolts-from-the-blue can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm. Myth - Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground. Fact - Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles, and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don`t lean on doors during a thunderstorm. 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. This is the most chilling of lightning myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR! Myth - Metal structures or wearing metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones, MP3 playrs, watches, etc.) attract lightning. Fact - Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter. Do not waste time removing metal. However, while metal does not ATTRACT lightning, it does CONDUCT it, so stay away from metal fences, railings, bleachers, etc. Myth - If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground. Fact - Lying flat increases your chances of being affected by a deadly ground current. Keep moving until you find a safe shelter. For additional information about lightning or lightning safety, visit the NOAA lightning safety awareness Web site at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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