Getting hit by lightning is almost 4 times more likely than winning the lottery. There are roughly 100 lightning strikes every second around the world. Florida is the state where you are most likely to get struck by lightning, it doesn’t help we enjoy playing golf and outdoor activities. Tip: if during a game of golf your hair stands on end, you are about to get hit by lightning. As lightning prepares to strike, the static energy builds up above and below on the ground.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration estimates that lightning can contain 100 million to 1 billion volts, and a billion of watts. Lightning starts many building fires and wildfires across Florida. It only takes one direct strike for a building to go up in flames. You would think the building codes would enforce the builders and developers to install lightning protection rods, but it is not so. Almost all buildings in Florida do not have lightning protection.
If you think you are in danger only when you are outdoors you are mistaken. In doors, you can get struck by the lightning during thunderstorm if you are using a corded phone or computer connected to the cable internet. Lightning can travel through corded telephones, which is number one source of indoor lightning casualties. Computer cables are another conduit for lightning. You should switch off all electrical appliances. Close the windows and doors. The safest place during lightning is in the middle of the building.
If you hear the thunder or see the lightning, seek the shelter indoors. If you are outside during the storm, do not seek shelter under tall objects like poles or trees. Do not run. Avoid water and objects that conduct electricity: golf clubs, umbrellas…
If you are in a vehicle during storm, do not touch anything metal, or the wall of the car. If the lightning hit the car, it will travel through the care and bypass you.
Better safe than sorry is my motto 🙂