You may know some of the myths about lightning
Of course, you need facts not myths to protect yourself when storms strike. The Keating Agency is here to help.
Protect Yourself from Lightning Strikes
Our friends at the Insurance Information Institute (III) report that having lightning strike twice in the same place is the top myth about the electric phenomenon. In fact, the Empire State Building once served as a lightning laboratory because it gets hit nearly 25 times a year.
Another myth advises sheltering under a tree during a storm. This dangerous myth actually could result in you being injured. Taking cover under a tree is the second leading cause of lightning fatalities.
Additionally, steering clear of storms does not guarantee your safety. Lightning bolts sometimes strike away from their storm of origin. In fact, firebolts have been known to strike as far as ten miles from a storm.
So, how do you protect yourself from lightning strikes?
The Mercury News advises people to seek indoor shelter when storms approach. Even when storms pass, people should remain indoors at least 30 minutes after last hearing thunder.
If you cannot go inside a building, it recommends avoiding water sources, objects or structures that conduct electricity, and elevated areas. Also, never lie on the ground. That provides more potential points of entry if lightning hits near you.
Even when you stay indoors, lightning poses a potential danger.
To stay safe, the article recommends avoiding water, electrical equipment, and concrete. Metal bars often reinforce concrete walls and floors.
The Keating Agency provides this information to help our readers stay safe. As your local, independent insurance agency for more than 50 years, we strive to do more than sell policies. We have a vested interest in our community and view our customers as friends and neighbors.
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