Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Boston, MA
NOUS41 KBOX 231331
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
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
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