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Old 07-16-2012, 06:04 PM
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I was always told from an early age to not get in a shower or tub when there is a severe thunderstorm around

Is this still/really an issue

I do recall years ago when I was a pre-teen my dad had just got out of the shower one am and while he was still in bathroom lighting hit our house and he actually saw sparks/flame/something come through shower head.

We actually had fire department respond to check house for damage and I can recall seeing a couple of areas in ceilings in two back bedrooms that had damage, don't remember much more than that

Ever since then I have never been in shower or tub when severe storm or for that matter any thunder/lightening storm is near.

Well tonight I got off treadmill and hopped in shower for quick shower and storm popped up very quick and have to admit I was somewhat nervous till I got all soap rinsed off well and out of shower

Nothing "popping" real close but still pretty good summer thunderstorm around and pouring down heavy rain

I am sure that house that was hit by lightening years ago probably had metal/copper pipes(built in late 60's) and today's houses have pvc not sure if that makes a difference or not

Do ya'll avoid showers/bath's during these storms
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The fact that most homes are grounded thru the water system is enough to let me get a little stinky versus a little dead.


I've seen and had insurance claims for some pretty freaky lightning both on my own homes and others when I was on the FD.
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"Do ya'll avoid showers/bath's during these storms"

Yes.

When I was young, lightning hit the corner of our house, outside a bedroom and the lighting came in through the wall and went directly across the room to the light switch and blew it out/up.
Glad no one was in it's path.



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Old 07-16-2012, 06:34 PM
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Our parent s created the myth and just afyably. I can't sy I would trust my grand parents farm house either.

Would I wory about it today, nope; whem ,my time is up, it 's up, it really doesn't matter what I'm doing, the big guy is going to be a callin'.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
"Do ya'll avoid showers/bath's during these storms"

Yes.

When I was young, lightning hit the corner of our house, outside a bedroom and the lighting came in through the wall and went directly across the room to the light switch and blew it out/up.
Glad no one was in it's path.



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That degree of logic says you should never drive a vehicle again.
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
...Do ya'll avoid showers/bath's during these storms
Only on those nights when I am also on the web cam. I don't want to be struck by lightning while "streaming"!
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I've never given it a 2nd thought, doesn't mea I'm right in doing it though.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:27 AM
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Was watching the ABC World News last night at 6:30 with that Ugly babe.. Diane something, anyway one of the stories was based on all the lightning this year, 2 guys were killed by standing under a tree, go figure.. but they showed a scene on how lightning travels through the home via the the corded phone, Power lines and through the plumbing.....

So my best guess is don't shower while lightning is near. Or water the lawn
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:37 AM
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Water is an excellent conductor.... thats all you need to keep in mind.

I dont know how far the electricity could travel, but my guess it tickles like a motherlover right up until it hurts- then it dont matter.


Now, with that said, If Im getting a shower, Im not stopping simply because there is a chance of lightning strike. Like someone already posted, when your time is up, their isnothing you can do about it.

Another oddity in our family reguarding t' storms... No watching the old Wizard of Oz. My mother said that when growing up, they killed 2 tv's and had the house (old farm house) suffered lightning stikes numerous times, nearly everytime the house was hit the WIZ was on the tube. To this day, my parents an grandparents will unplug the TV when a storm warning is up. And dont even think of using a phone...
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[QUOTE=capt.holiday;4772814]Water is an excellent conductor.... thats all you need to keep in mind.QUOTE]
Actually, water is a very poor conductor and actually the water molecule does not conduct electricity. It's the minerals and other dissolved elements that conduct.

Old lab experiment...... 9 volt battery some wire and a light bulb with a glass of distilled water. Run the circuit through the distilled water - no light. Add salt to the water & mix it up a bit - magic light!

All that being said - I had loghtning strike a huge oak tree outside the house (blew the tree to pieces), the lightning followed my buried electric dog fence into the house and into the electrical system. I ended with a bunch of charred electrical receptacles, melted GFCI receptacles and toasted electronics.
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Theoretically YES it is dangerous. However - I have never heard of anyone getting struck while in the shower or pool I have showered and swam in storms but if the time between lightening and boom is less than a few seconds - I'm out of there. I think danger safe is like 7 seconds though - or about one mile. Little League games here are suspended at the mere sight of lightening.

Btw - here's somehting to ponder - my last home was at the top of a very very high - the highest ridge in town. My neighbor had lightening rods and got struct at least once every couple ofyears I had no such "protetcion" and my home was never struck. Also you neve rhear of sail boats gettong damaged or harldy even struck by lightening? Why?

Maybe its like those electronic bugzapper things - thye say they work best if you give them to your neighbors......
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I try not to, but will if I have to (going somewhere or something). Several hundred million volts will generally go wherever it wants to. Pure water is non-conductive by the way, but impurities make it conductive. Doesn't really matter like I said several hundred million volts goes wherever it wants. I won't take the chance if I don't have to.
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We never do and will let the kiddos have a "no bath night" if we have storms in the area. I do worry more about tornadoes though since we live on a pier\beam constructed home. Different story though...
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
That degree of logic says you should never drive a vehicle again.


We're all gonna die one day.

Ill bet the people that don't shower during a Tstorm will think nothing of texting while driving.
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We're all gonna die one day.

Ill bet the people that don't shower during a Tstorm will think nothing of texting while driving.
Absolutely not...no texting and driving for me.

My wife and I did decide to do some sexting while driving last night though. But again, that is another story that I don't need to get into now.
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I ain't skeered...........if I need to take a shower, I take a shower!

50 years in..........So far, so good
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