The saying "lightning never strikes twice in the same place" is a common misconception. In fact, lightning can and does strike the same place multiple times. This is because lightning is attracted to tall, pointed objects, such as trees, buildings, and towers. When lightning strikes an object, it leaves behind a trail of ionized air. This trail makes the object more likely to be struck by lightning again in the future.
The odds of being struck by lightning are relatively low. However, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself from lightning strikes, such as staying indoors during thunderstorms and avoiding tall, pointed objects.
Here are some tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm:
* Go inside immediately when you hear thunder or see lightning.
* Stay away from windows, doors, and open areas.
* Avoid using electrical appliances or electronics.
* Stay off the phone, except to call 911 in an emergency.
* If you are outside, find shelter in a building or car. If you cannot find shelter, crouch down on the ground with your feet together and your head tucked down.
* Do not touch metal objects, such as fences, railings, or playground equipment.
* Do not swim or bathe in water.
* Do not fly a kite or play with other objects that are elevated off the ground.
If you are struck by lightning, seek medical attention immediately.