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Published: 2016-05-16 09:00:11
Updated: 2016-05-16 09:00:11
Posted May 16, 2016
By Carlos Baquerizo, KSL.com
Rain, snow, hail and sleet: We have seen it all this spring. The American Red Cross recently stated the dos and don’ts on how to handle a thunderstorm with lightning, and debunked some common myths.
Here are several of the myths and facts about lightning, as outlined by the American Red Cross.
Myth: Lightning won't strike the same area more than once.
Truth: Lightning can strike the same area multiple times. Large buildings like the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York are more prone to lightning and are hit multiple times a year.
Myth: If the sky is clear, you’re safe.
Truth: You could be struck by lightning up to 15 miles away from a storm.
Myth: If you are inside a home, you are completely safe from the thunder.
Truth: Homes have a lot of conductors inside them. If at home during a storm, do not plan on showering or making calls from a landline and avoid doors and windows.
Following these guidelines can keep everyone safe this summer, the most common thunderstorm season, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Tips on how to be prepared for a storm
The National Weather Service said “lightning kills an average of 49 people each year in the United Sates and hundreds more are injured.” Most of the accidents could have been avoided had the victim found shelter sooner.
Myths vs. facts: What you should do to stay safe in a lightning storm