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Old 07-03-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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Thanks everyone - it seemed weird that could happen on city water but as I said I've always avoided it. Glad it is justified after all!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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Would that shower thing still hold true if your house was grounded? Freaky!!!
I wouldnt try it, on Mythbusters something in their "bathroom" caught fire when they replicated it,They also did the phone experiment, and they got a voltage high enough to "kill" Buster.....from a spark that is 100x weaker than real lightning!

All in all, I would not touch the phone or dare shower in a storm. I'd much rather be drinking some wine and enjoying the light and sound spectacular
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Manchester UK
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Taps ( Faucets) should also be avoided during a violent storm. Metal sinks, too.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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When I was a kid, my mother used to turn off and unplug all the TV sets when storms were threatening. And of course being on the phone or in a shower or bathtub was a no-no.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Would that shower thing still hold true if your house was grounded? Freaky!!!
Yes. Lightening strikes are the cloud energy seeking ground. Just ask the person who was struck INSIDE a building while wiring it; Lightening came in on the ground, followed the huge cable that was being pulled and rattled my cage good. There isn't enough money in the world to get me into a shower during a lightening storm, nor will I pull wire in a building with large openings on the sides during the storm anymore either. Got lucky once, I'm not pushing it any further.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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When I was a kid, my mother used to turn off and unplug all the TV sets when storms were threatening. And of course being on the phone or in a shower or bathtub was a no-no.
I hear you there. We must've grown up around the same time. People were much more cautious back then and while I was growing up, I thought they were silly. But I've learned that all of it is a very good precaution.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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It is amazing how many people are injured or killed by lightning every year due to not taking it seriously!
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Manchester UK
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Metal bed frames can also be a risk. I avoid mine if there is a violent storm, a rare occurrence in England.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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I'm amazed I'm still alive! I never kept away from that stuff. Sometimes it was raining and thundering and I'd take a shower and the lights would go off, someone must've been looking out for me But now i know, and knowing is half the battle GI JOE!! Movies coming out soon! Sorry the kid in me just got excited!
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Thats right. The lightning can travel through the plumbing. I always take a shower of the morning, so I try to time it where I can get a shower on stormy mornings, but I watch the radar and make sure no storms are close. If I hear thunder, I high-tail it out of there.

Also corded phones are dangerous to be on during the storm, as well as being around appliances/windows.

In a car, you are safe from lightning. I was in the car for an hour today waiting for a severe storm to pass.
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