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You Asked 4 It: Is it dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm?

Joshua Panas
Updated: August 31, 2020 02:52 PM
Created: June 07, 2018 11:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Thunderstorms are a welcome sight in New Mexico, but they can pose dangers inside your home?

KOB viewer Kasey asked, “I always heard it was a bad idea to take a shower during a thunderstorm and I'm just wondering why?”

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KOB 4 Meteorologist Eddie Garcia says, “The rule of thumb is simple, if you hear thunder outside, don’t take a shower.”

Many homes have a network of metal underground plumbing. While those pipes are sheltered from a lot, they aren't protected from cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

If a lightning hits the ground and it makes it to your metal pipes, that current will then travel along the pipe and the water flowing through the faucet directly into the shower.

This also extends beyond just the shower, people have been shocked and even killed washing dishes, doing laundry and sitting in bathtubs during storms.

Now, experts do admit this is a rare thing, about 10 to  20 electrical shocks per year according to the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Are you curious about the science of weather? Here's your chance. Just Ask 4 It! Go ahead and send your video question to Share 4 at http://www.kob.com/share4/. You can ask any weather question, but be sure to keep it shorter than 15 seconds and you'll have the chance to make it on the news.

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