Lightning kills or injures hundreds of people every year, mainly because the victims are not aware of the danger they face.
Myths and misperceptions about lightning can add to the confusion.
It's important for people to know how frequently thunderstorms occur in their own areas because no state is exempt from this danger. Floridians, for example, should be aware their state has the highest incidence of lightning in the country.
True Or False?
See just how enlightened you are!
- Lightning always strikes the tallest object.
- False! Lightning strikes the best conductor on the ground, not necessarily the tallest object. In some cases, the best conductor might be a human being.
- A car's rubber tires give protection from lightning.
- False! Actually, the car itself is very well insulated and offers more protection than being outside in the storm. Of course, the exception to this is the convertible, which provides virtually no protection.
- Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
- False! Tell that one to the Empire State Building, which is struck by lightning many times every year.