Should you take a shower during a thunderstorm: expert opinion

By Jurassic JennJun 17, 2024 19:29 PMDaily News
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Should you take a shower during a thunderstorm
Should you take a shower during a thunderstorm. Source: www.healthline.com

If you hear thunder, go inside. This is the advice of the US National Weather Service.

And it is, according to SSPDaily, quite justified, since lightning can strike 10 miles from the epicenter. Therefore, do not be reassured by the blue sky overhead if you see storm clouds.

In this case, go inside the house or hide in the car. If you are indoors, stay away from windows. If you are in a car, close the windows. Do not touch metal objects on the steering wheel, gearshift, radio, etc.

These are the signs that warn you that you are about to be struck by lightning.

A few seconds before the strike, your hair may stand on end, your skin may tingle, light metal objects may vibrate, hum, you may have a metallic taste in your mouth, your palms may sweat, you may hear crackling and smell ozone.

Why shouldn't you take a shower in a thunderstorm?

Meteorologists warn that taking a shower or bath in a thunderstorm is life-threatening. You should also not wash dishes, stand by the pool, and it is best to stay away from water. Why: Lightning can pass through the water supply system, and such cases have already occurred.

It can also pass through electronic equipment, such as television receivers.

According to experts, wired phones are also dangerous. At the same time, wireless and mobile phones are safe to use.

In addition, concrete floors and walls are dangerous, and it is better not to come into contact with them in a thunderstorm.

When can I go outside?

Experts say that after the last clap of thunder, you should wait at least 30 minutes to return to the street. According to NOAA, more than 50% of lightning-related deaths occur after the storm has passed.

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