Re: Lightning Safety
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 00:36:31 -0600
On Thu, 8 Jun 1995, James D. Engelbrecht wrote:
> >The soles of your shoes will help insulate you from the ground,
> >so you should crouch down on your feet on top of whatever supplementary
> >insulation you have and ride out the storm. If you are on a rock-climbing
> >trip, a coiled rope works well.
> According to the Museum of Science in Boston, during their Electricity and
> Lightning demo- no amount of "insulation" between you and the ground will
> protect you from a strike. The other advice is good about removing yourself
> from the danger areas first and dumping your back pack to avoid lightning -
> but dont bet on your rubber sole shoes!!!!
What Jim states here is true. No amount of rubber sole or supplemental
insulation will aid if one is struck by lightening--or very nearly
struck; however, the additional insulation MAY make some difference in
the build of local ionization that forms the channel for the lightening
strike. Anything one can do to help mitigate the build up of ionization
MAY help to prevent the strike/near-strike.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City