You May Also Like

Corn leads to the most weight gain of any veggie

Here’s why you might want to enjoy this beloved summer vegetable in moderation

Milk Makeup's new mascara uses CBD oil

Is CBD oil the vegan ingredient your mascara needs for lust-worthy lashes?

Meghan Markle has cannabis named after her

This has to be Meghan Markle’s most earth-friendly (and 420-friendly) wedding gift

Chopped romaine lettuce hosts e. coli outbreak

Everything you need to know about the E. coli outbreak on romaine lettuce

benefits of hemp

Exclusive: The Honest Co.’s co-founder partners with the Cannabis Feminist to take hemp mainstream

Trader Joe's might stock cauliflower gnocchi

Cauliflower connoisseurs: Trader Joe’s might soon answer your low-carb, Italian-cuisine dreams

The scientific (and scary!) reason to skip showers and dishwashing during storms


Thumbnail for The scientific (and scary!) reason to skip showers and dishwashing during storms
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/VeaVea

During a thunderstorm, there are a few well-known safety rules: Stay inside, but if you must be outdoors, refrain from holding metal rods and standing under trees. As long as you abide by those, you don’t have anything to worry about, right? Well, not quite: According to AccuWeather, you may want to be careful about which (health-improving) household chores you decide to fulfill while cooped up during those spring storms.

Stay away from all electrical appliances (laundry machines, dishwashers, etc.), and also anything that involves water to avoid electrocution.

John Jensenius, a lightning-safety specialist for the National Weather Service (NWS), said there are a number of other safety precautions you should take: For starters, stay away from all electrical appliances (laundry machines, dishwashers, etc.). But perhaps his most surprising recommendation is to also stay away from anything that involves water.

Washing your dishes, taking a shower, or doing anything that involves your pipes and water is a no-go. This applies even if your pipes are plastic, since water is an electricity conductor, which means the simple act of being in or near it could be dangerous. “Water can conduct electricity as well. We see that on the outside where lightning strikes something, and if there are puddles around, it can easily electrocute somebody nearby the puddle,” Jensenius says.

When should you practice these safety measures? According to Jensenius, the lightning-strike zone is 10 miles, so any time you can hear thunder, you’re in the danger zone. But AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Kottlowski notes that if your house is built in a way that grounds electricity to separate rods that aren’t attached to the plumbing system, it’s a bit safer. To assess the grounding sich in your home, contact an electrician.

But in the spirit of being safe rather than sorry, maybe just consider stormy weather as an opportunity for an impromptu a meditation session with cozy candles.

For your spring cleaning, try these editor-approved spring cleaning products and ways to clean your home with lemons.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

anthony bourdain talks vegan burgers

Why Anthony Bourdain isn’t sold on the Impossible Burger

Milk Makeup's new mascara uses CBD oil

Is CBD oil the vegan ingredient your mascara needs for lust-worthy lashes?

Meghan Markle has cannabis named after her

This has to be Meghan Markle’s most earth-friendly (and 420-friendly) wedding gift

California bill would ban conversion therapy

Conversion therapy will be illegal for *all* ages if California’s history-making bill passes

benefits of hemp

Exclusive: The Honest Co.’s co-founder partners with the Cannabis Feminist to take hemp mainstream

Trader Joe's might stock cauliflower gnocchi

Cauliflower connoisseurs: Trader Joe’s might soon answer your low-carb, Italian-cuisine dreams