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Experts Weigh In On Whether It's Safe To Shower During A Thunderstorm

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For many of us, getting struck by lightening is not something that crosses our minds often. After all, there's a slim chance, 1 in 3,000 to be exact, that this will happen to you or anyone you know in this lifetime.

Still, there are a number of things that you're probably during a thunderstorm that turns the odds against you and puts your life at risk.

Experts have urged people to unplug their electronics, stay away from windows and trees, and avoid talking on the landline.

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People have also been told not to do their dishes or shower when there's thunder and lightening outside, but these warnings that just seems to go over our heads.

This is probably because they often sound more like old wives' tales than scientific opinion, but according to the experts, you should be taking it very seriously.

Basically, the claim is that if a lightening bolt were to hit your home, electricity would travel through the plumbing and electrocute you while you're in the shower.

According to many experts, it's metal pipes, and more shockingly, the impurities found in tap water that help conduct electrical current that ends up hurting you if you touch something connected to the plumbing or electrical wiring.

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Although the chances of this ever happening to you are slim, that doesn't mean it's unheard of. Every year, between 10 to 20 people in the United States are shocked while bathing or using appliances.

The National Weather Service does advise people to stay away from plumbing and faucets during a thunderstorm, so it's an issue that many of us should be taking more seriously.

Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, who runs the Lightning Injury Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said people have been electrocuted while taking baths, doing dishes, and even laundry in the midst of a thunderstorm.

Ron Holle, a former meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, backed up her statement saying, "There are a ton of myths about lightning, but this is not one of them."

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While this claim is true, there are other myths that are just silly. For instance, contrary to popular belief, lightening does not have a serious impact on airplanes.

Aircrafts have been engineered to safely conduct currents, so even if you can see the bolt strike, it won't do any harm. The same goes for cars.

Many people are convinced that the rubber tires are what protect the vehicle from lightening strikes, but that's simply not true. The reason why you're safe in a car during a thunderstorm is because the metal roof and sides conduct the current to the ground. However, if you're driving a convertible, you're in big trouble.

Stay safe and share this new knowledge with your family and friends so they can also protect themselves during a storm.

Have you ever taken a shower during a thunderstorm?

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.