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Name: George
Status: student
Age: 19
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
Is the risk of lightening stikes to people greatly increased if they are in the shower?


Replies:
Dear George-

Lightning strikes to persons are a real hazard to people outside during thunderstorms, but it is rare that someone inside a house or other structure is injured by a lightning strike. Being in the shower would not increase your chances for being struck by lightning. There might be a slightly higher risk to someone talking on a regular phone, or to someone handling an electrical appliance, such as a hair dryer or can opener, or anything connected to a power grid or communications circuit. This is because lightning striking those wires may travel into your home, and into the phone or appliance you're using, and cause injury. That is very rare however, but it is good practice not to use those appliances during a thunderstorm. And it is probably a better practice to stay out of the shower during thunderstorms also, not because you would reduce the chances of your being struck, but you could react quicker should some part of your house be struck, and you would need to leave rapidly.

Wendell Bechtold, Meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO


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