akemiiwaya — 2013-09-13T13:29:53-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172291/how-to-survive-a-lightning-strike/
If you found yourself caught outside in an open area during a bad storm, what would provide the best protection if you were struck by lightning? MinuteEarth looks at the best type of ‘material’ you could wear, how it would protect you, and the best position for the human body to be in should you find yourself without a ‘wearable’ solution.
michaeltunnell — 2013-09-13T15:13:32-04:00 — #2
havent watched the video but the best option would to get in the most open area as possible, avoid trees, and get as low to the ground as possible...also don't wear any tinfoil hats.
themike — 2013-09-13T18:48:49-04:00 — #3
when i was a kid a storm went by, the sky cleared but lightening struck the telephone pole when i rode past on my bike. the air exploded and i felt the shock wave, something you dont forget
ladyfitzgerald — 2013-09-13T19:22:26-04:00 — #4
You got that right! I was working on my bicycle on the patio after finishing my paper route back when I was in high school. I had gotten home just before the thunder storm hit. I figured I was safe since the patio was let into the roofline of the house. I got a wee bit of a surprise when lightning hit nearby. All I saw was a flash (thank God I wasn't looking directly at it) and simultaneously heard a loud noise, something like a major bomb going off. After I took inventory to make sure all my body parts were still attached and functioning, being a kid, I just blew it off and kept working on my bike. I found out a few days later that the lightning had struck a grapefruit tree around 50 feet away in a neighbor's yard! What was really disturbing was the tree was inside the so-called cone of protection of the static wire on the power line that ran behind the house.
themike — 2013-09-13T21:00:38-04:00 — #5
thats exactly what i did, and it took a while i soak up everything that happened so fast.
nsdcars5 — 2013-09-14T04:21:26-04:00 — #6
roi — 2013-09-17T03:14:33-04:00 — #7
Just out of idle curiosity, how many people go outside with the intention of being hit by lightning? And how many prepare for this event prior to wandering around in an open area where they may very well the tallest object for hundreds of feet or yards in any direction?
I kinda liked the advice about not wearing a tinfoil hat. :=)
Seriously folks unplug your PCs, TVs, stereos etc if you see lightning! Many years ago I failed to do while domiciled on "Drum Blvd" in Phila PA and our TV (which was off) turned itself on after a bolt of lightning turned the night into day momentarily and apparently hit something very close to my row house. It also scared me and my roommates so badly we had to change certain articles of clothing afterwards, and then we noticed the TVs on/off switch no longer worked, so from then on we just plugged the TV in to turn it on and unplugged it to turn it off. BUT in most cases, from what I've read and been told by electricians, there aint no "surge protector" in the world that will protect your loved electronix devices from a very close lightning strike (say anywhere on your block just for a rough definition of "Very close.")