These things are obvious. We’ve known them since we were very little. We’ve watched cartoon characters get struck by lightning, so why would we try any of these things? We’ve had our personal bouts of bad luck so we sure don’t need to be unlucky enough as to get struck by lightning.
It seems that a thunderstorm is more powerful than we could ever imagine. You see, when lightning strikes, it goes in search of metal or any other form of conductor to travel to the ground. That could be a church cupola, a tree, an actual piece of metal or any other form of metal the lightning finds.
Now, in our homes, we too have our fair share of metal. Some of which is found in the pipes of our plumbing. So, the lightning is as likely to be attracted by the objects in our home as any other external conductors. That’s why we are still at risk of being struck by lightning when we are at home.
There’s also the fact that the water coming out of our tap is not always 100 percent pure. Sometimes the water can carry things in it such as metal pieces, thus making it more alluring to lightning. As a result, impure water can further increase “the risk of shock.”
So, you may think you are safe at home during a thunderstorm, but you may still be at risk. The water coming out of your tap could have “been charged with electricity.” If that’s the case, it “could see you killed.”
Now, although the risk is there, you still have to keep in mind that the chance of being struck by lightning is like one in 300,000. Having said this, “around 24,000 people are killed each year by lightning.” This said, now you have to ask yourself a very important question.
But, being electrocuted in your own home just because you respect your hygiene is quite another story. That’s more of a freak accident scenario. It’s the kind of accident that will have you turn to God and wonder how bad you must have been in a previous life to suffer from this sort of unfortunate coincidence.
It seems that this whole running water/electrocution accident is more likely to happen in less developed countries. This is because developed countries usually have tall buildings. It seems that it’s harder for the lightning to get to our plumbing system in the city. So hey, here’s one reason why the city is safer than the country.
So now, tell me, do you think you’re unlucky enough to get electrocuted by running water? I know I am. I’ve never won anything, not even a stupid school lottery, so I’m just waiting to get struck any second now with this coming winter.