Despite the fact that many people understand it, lightning is an enigma. Because of its beauty, people are often bewildered by it. Although it’s subject to much debate, the belief that Benjamin Franklin first discovered electricity during a lightning storm using a kite and key has led many to believe some weird and wonderful things.
We at Accident Advice Helpline, for the benefit of your health, would like to clear up a few issues and save you the trouble of researching it yourself.
Can you get electrocuted if you hold an electrical device in lightning?
Yes and no. Contrary to what many people believe, being struck by lightning is less common than winning the lottery. If you hold an electrical device in lightning, however, the odds of injury increase or decrease depending on where you are. If you’re inside your house using a device that is plugged into the power outlet and your house is struck by lightning, you’re likely to get electrocuted. This is because the lightning can course through the wiring of the house and into the device you’re using.
However, using a wireless device is safe, even if you’re outside during the storm. The only chance of you being electrocuted would be directly or through another conductor other than the device you’re holding. It’s important to remember that lightning isn’t a predictable force. It could strike at any moment and it’s best to be prepared for it.
It’s also important to unplug all electronic devices like laptops, computers and TVs to avoid power surges and property damage. Using things like telephones during a storm is also unwise as it can result in electrocution if your house is struck.
How can you be injured during a lightning storm?
- Hit by falling branches and debris from buildings
- Slip on wet floors
- Knocked over by careless passers-by
- Struck by lightning or shocked by build-up of static electricity
Claim for an injury during a lightning storm
While lightning is an act from above, there might be reason for you to claim if someone knocked you over in a rush to get indoors or you slipped on a wet floor as you made your way inside. If you suspect that someone else is responsible for you injuries, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our helpline is active 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test online to have a brief check of your chances of compensation.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice