DPS Offers Facts about Lightning


As part of Lighting Awareness Week, the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness office would like to help you stay safe during the severe weather season.

Here are some Lightning Myths: 

  • MYTH – Structures with metal or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones, watches, etc.) attract lightning. TRUTH – Height, pointy shape and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where lightning strikes. 
  • MYTH – If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch or lie flat on the ground to reduce your risk of being struck. TRUTH – Crouching does not make you any safer during a storm. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. Lying flat increases your chances of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. 

Here are some Lighting Facts:  

  • Lightning can strike from a nearby thunderstorm even if it is not raining where you are. 
  • While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it.