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IT IS DANGEROUS, DO NOTT DO THESE 10 THINGS DURING THUNDERSTORM

1.Take a Bath or Shower Never bathe in a thunderstorm or take a shower. If lightning strikes near you, the electric currents in your home could travel through the pipes, putting you at risk of electrocution. 2.Sit on Concrete It may not be immediately obvious, but during a thunderstorm, you should not sit or lean on concrete due to the metal rebar or wire mesh that is almost always placed inside concrete to reinforce it. Both are effective electrical conductors. 3.Use a Landline While it's safe to use a cellphone during a thunderstorm (if it's not plugged into a wall charger, that is), using your landline isn't safe. Lightning can travel through phone lines — and you could be electrocuted if it does. 4.Stand Out in the Open During a thunderstorm you should never stand out in the open — the safest place to be is inside an enclosed building. But if you get caught outdoors with no shelter in sight, crouch down low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. You'll be less likely to be struck by lightning that way as it makes its way to the ground. 5.Stand Under a Tree It is extremely dangerous to stand beneath a tree in a thunderstorm. Trees are likely to attract lightning because of their height as it makes its way to the ground. However, a human being conducts electricity better than a tree does, so if you're close to a tree the lightning could easily jump to you from the tree. 6.Stand Near a Window Many windows, both old and new, are made of metal or have parts of metal which can attract lightning. Keep well away from the windows to avoid injury during a thunderstorm. 7.Keep Your Computer Plugged In During thunderstorms, anything that is plugged into an outlet in your home runs the risk of suffering damage from an electrical surge. If you have been predicting an electrical storm, unplug your computer , laptop and other devices and consider unplugging appliances. At the very least, when they aren't already, plug appliances into a surge protector — but the surge protector probably won't be able to stand up to a nearby lightning strike. 8.Lie Down on the Ground If you're caught in a thunderstorm, you don't want to be the tallest thing outdoors — but don't make the mistake of lying on the ground in your efforts to make yourself shorter. When lightning strikes, electrical currents can travel more than 100 feet above the ground, and by stretching out on the ground, you make yourself a wider target. Wash the Dishes During a thunderstorm, you should not wash dishes for the same reason that you should not be bathing during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through pipes, have your faucet electrified, and cause injury. This is easy to avoid hazard: the dishes can wait. 9. Use Small Appliances A thunderstorm is not the time to iron, blow-dry your hair, or remove the electric mixer to whip up a meringue batch. Any appliance that is plugged into an electrical outlet could carry a current in the event of a lightning strike and you could be harmed if you are handling that appliance at the time, or even very close to it. 10. Do Laundry Your washer and dryer are plugged into the wall which is their first strike. They are metal for the second strike, so lightning can run through them the same way your toaster or blow dryer can do. During a thunderstorm, you don't want to be near your washer and dryer so give yourself a break from the laundry and instead curl up with a good book. Please take note of this and stay safe this rainy season

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