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Taking a bath or shower during a thunderstorm is dangerous and puts you at risk of an electric shock.
After a long, hard day, there's nothing like kicking back in the tub and listening to a podcast or enjoying a few minutes of silence.
But, what if you're set on having a bath and it's storming outside? Did your mother have a point when she told you not to take a bath during a thunderstorm? Isn't that just an old wives' tale, anyway?
Unfortunately, she did have a point. Here's some advice by Jerry on why you should never take a bath (or shower!) during a thunderstorm.
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Can you take a bath during a thunderstorm?
No, you shouldn't take a bath during a thunderstorm. The electrical current that lightning produces could travel through the plumbing and metal pipes of your home and potentially cause severe damage, lightning injuries, or even death.
So if you decide to go against your mother's advice and bathe during a lightning storm, you are putting yourself at risk for a potentially deadly electric shock.
That being said, that electrical current isn't limited to your water pipes. It can also travel through electrical systems. It's also a bad idea to:
- Talk on a landline telephone
- Stand near a window or exterior door
- Use electronics (TV, computer, etc.)
- Use the toilet
Other things you shouldn't do during a thunderstorm
Along with rescheduling your bath, there are some other things you should never do during a thunderstorm.
Standing outside in the open: Avoid standing in open spaces during a thunderstorm. Lightning usually strikes the highest point.
Standing near/ swimming in water: Water conducts electricity. If you're caught near or in water during a storm, you are at a higher risk of being struck.
Touching metal objects: Avoid touching or carrying anything metal during a thunderstorm. Lightning jumps from object to object when it strikes, and it has a particular affinity for metal.
Touching concrete structures: Most concrete buildings and structures have metal reinforcement of some type in the floor and walls, which conduct electricity.
Standing under a tree: Lightning usually strikes the highest points in an area (rooftops, trees, etc.). If you're standing under one of the highest points in an area, you're putting yourself at greater risk of being struck.
What to do if someone is struck by lightning
Although rare, there are some people that suffer lightning injuries. If someone is struck by lightning, here are the steps you should take:
Call 911: The first thing you should do is call 911. The severity of the damage is impossible to know without the right medical attention. Even if the impact or injury seems minor, you should always alert emergency services.
Administer CPR: Make sure the storm is not still right overhead before you go to the person that has been struck. As soon as it’s safe, administer CPR.
Keep in mind that there are two types of CPR, one for children and one for adults. When performing CPR, avoid removing any burned clothing. Continue to perform CPR until the victim revives or emergency responders arrive and take over.
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