Be Prepared - Lightning Safety
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Myths and Facts:

Myth: If it's not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often occurs as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall, in or around the future path of the storm.

Myth: Rubber shoe soles and auto tires will protect you from being struck.

Fact: These provide NO protection. The steel frame of a hardtop vehicle provides some protection, if you are not touching metal inside.

Myth: After being struck by lightning, a person carries an electrical charge, and should not be touched.

Fact: Not true. Attend to the victim without delay, CPR may be needed immediately.

Myth: "Heat lightning" without sound poses no threat, it simply occurs after very hot summer days.

Fact: This is from a thunderstorm too far away for the thunder to be heard. It may be moving in your direction.

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Skymont Scout Reservation, Chattanooga, Tennessee
with web authoring assistance by Michael F. Bowman,

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