Is It Safe to Shower During a Thunderstorm?



There are some things in life that you’ve heard about a million times without even thinking to question their validity — like when mom told you that you absolutely can't shower during a thunderstorm. When you were younger, that was probably totally fine by you, but now it seems like a major inconvenience. So, is it true or not? It turns out that there’s a real risk to your health there, but it’s a little more complicated than you might think. Thunderstorms are dangerous largely due to the lightning they produce. Lightning can travel through your pipes and strike you while you’re showering because the plumbing and other metal in our homes can serve as a conduit for electrical current. It’s not just the metal that’s an issue: Water can carry electrical currents from lightning, too. So, basically, showering in a thunderstorm leaves you open to a double-whammy of electricity that can travel through your pipes and the water in it to shock you. You could be at risk of passing out, getting burns from the heat of the water, numbness and tingling, having your heart stop, or even dying.