ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#186169 - 04/23/09 03:58 PM Avoid lightning shock?
LarryC Offline
Member
Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 780
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
I just saw the following link on AOL about avoiding electrocution by staying off of the toilet during lightning storms.

http://www.aolhealth.com/healthy-living/...men-live-longer

I understand about the elevation of the local ground potential in the area of the lightning strike. But is this pushing it a little too much? I mean what is the current path?

Of course there is always the potential of getting the **** shocked out of you, but that is a different matter all together.

Larry C
Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
#186171 - 04/23/09 04:55 PM Re: Avoid lightning shock? [Re: LarryC]
Alan Belson Offline
Member
Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1803
Loc: Mayenne N. France
I like #19 - 'Always swim in shark infested water with a buddy, as this reduces your chance of getting attacked by 50%.' I leave it to the math experts to work out just who, on average, gets it in the shorts! sick

#51 Hot curry actually reduces your chances of getting cancer of the colon.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/597525.stm

#52 Call a licenced electrician!

Alan
_________________________
Wood work but can't!
Top
#186178 - 04/24/09 02:59 PM Re: Avoid lightning shock? [Re: LarryC]
site351 Offline
Member
Registered: 06/10/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Tennessee
I went on a service call years ago to a house where the
lightning had struck the overhead primary line on a power
pole just in front of the home. Of course it smoked the 25 kw transformer that fed the 200 amp service....and the lightning
blew holes every 3 or 4 inches in the triplex feed wires. I opened the 200 amp box and found many of the circuits were not affected...at least in the loadcenter itself. And most of the breakers were tripped and reset with no problems. Most damage was the EMF from the lighning that blew right through the insulation in the wires at random. The one strange thing
I remember is the owner said he just got off the toilet and walked out of the bathroom when the Lightning struck. He saw
a flash from the bathroom and looked in and saw a crack in the commode base...the part you sit on..??? And water was leaking out. The bathroom was downstairs.... far from the loadcenter.

Lightning has so much power to unload in such a short period of time...no tellin' what path it will take....
Top

Member Spotlight
Member Since: 04/03/02
Posts: 6775
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box


Who's Online
0 registered (), 85 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
 
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
 
Top Posters (30 Days)
Admin 51
HotLine1 43
gfretwell 17
Trumpy 16
Ruben Rocha 13
 
Newest Members
clee512, Jdscott2005, FAIZAN, Regitest2, sureshazhagai

ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals