Do you take a shower/bath during storms?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LadyBlackheart:  I don’t know if I’m being irrational, but I don’t. Now I’m going to hop on google and see if I’m being irrational or not…

ETA: your mother is right! Here’s a NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/15/health/15real.html?_r=0

Here’s some documented instances from Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/science/lightningbath.asp

Mythbusters said “plausible”, and also notes there are official warnings not to: http://kids.discovery.com/tell-me/mythbusters/weather-myths/shower-during-a-storm

I can understand avoiding power and phone outlets because their wires are above ground where lightning can hit them. But water pipes are usually underground. Safe from lightning? Apparently not! Wait for the storm to pass!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was literally going to post this very question last night. I don’t, but my husband said that I was crazy and he has never heard that you weren’t supposed to shower during a thunderstorm. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I too hear my mother telling me it’s dangerous so no way!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

it hardly ever storms here but I remember once when I was younger, my brother scolded me for wanting to take a shower during a rainstorm! I guess that I still would!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I still shower, but I get scared and make it a quick one!! I won’t give my daughter a shower/ bath during a storm though!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I shower if I need to during a storm… if it’s storming in the morning I’m not going to go to work unshowered. I’d rather risk the slim possibility of getting electrocuted than the definite possibility of feeling grungy all day.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  For me it depends on whether the storm is directly upon me or in the distance. If you count the seconds between the thunder and lightning it’s “supposed” to tell you how many miles away it is. So if I can count at least 3 I will take the shower.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jadlnc:  +1

Most the storms that hit us here in northern NJ seem to be rather distant, so I don’t worry too much about it and still shower. However, I grew up in Central MA, and those storms were hard-core – like picture lightning hitting something on your street hard-core or having a friend’s tv blown out in the storm hard core. Whenever I’m visiting in MA, you can bet that I’m not showering during a storm! My parents in MA also unplug all computers, etc. and leave the tv off. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@LadyBlackheart:  I won’t do it when the storm is directly overhead or popping right outside the window, but otherwise I will definitely hop in the shower or bath.  I live in FL where there are lots of electrical storms, they are pretty much every afternoon/evening for a few months out of the year and since I take my bath/shower in the evening I can’t always put it off until the next day. Personally, I have never known anyone to get electrocuted but my mom told me the same stories growing up (maybe it has to do with the release valve for the drain being positioned on top of the house?)

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You can always run a bath and then turn off the water before getting in if you absolutely must bathe tonight while the storm is going on.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I heard that even toilets during  storms are dangerous! I usually squat, flush, and run lol

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never heard of this and I believe the electrical charge would get diffused by the time it reached the inside of the house.  Enjoy your shower.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Nope! I don’t, althought I’ve heard that there are measures in place to ensure that doesn’t happen I’m not willing to take my chances.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

oops, double post!

 

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