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Old 07-02-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I grew being told that it was very dangerous to shower during thunderstorms. I assumed this had something to do with putting yourself at risk of a shock from lightning, but I never really understood exactly how the shower put you at risk. Does anyone know? Is this just an old wives' tale?
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I think that show Myth Busters confirmed that this one was true, not just a wives tale. I live in Florida, and have always avoided the shower during a thunderstorm.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The risk comes from your pipes and the water carrying a charge of lightening right into the shower with you.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Subarctic maritime Melbourne
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I'd be watching the lightning, rather than showering....
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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I think that show Myth Busters confirmed that this one was true, not just a wives tale. I live in Florida, and have always avoided the shower during a thunderstorm.
Lol haha was just about to say the same thing, saw it on Myth Busters and it started a big fire in the bathroom, can't remember the exact details but I'd try to aviod it if possible.
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Old 07-03-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I've always heard the same thing (phone, too actually)! I'm with SAB I'd be watching the storm!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:12 AM
 
Location: S.Dak
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I've always heard the same thing (phone, too actually)! I'm with SAB I'd be watching the storm!
phone is true!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:26 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Hardwired phone (corded type) and shower both can "get" you during a lightening storm.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Yes it is true, lightning can get you in the shower, like someone said it comes through the pipes. Corded phone are also a no no, but wireless and cell phones are ok.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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Would that shower thing still hold true if your house was grounded? Freaky!!!
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