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Old 05-26-2009, 11:32 AM   #16
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I yelled "ahhh!" and dropped the phone. The call didn't disconnect though, and the phone was still fine.
I remember those phones. They were virtually indestructible.

I have heard of people getting jolted from landline phones during strong/severe storms.
I would also suspect a better chance of equipment damage from a surge that enters on an ethernet line than a power line, due to the higher impedance of the ethernet.
My brother lost some computer equipment that way. He was plugged into a surge suppressor, but there was nothing protecting his ethernet.

I've now got a whole-house surge suppressor, as well as POU units on all computers and audio/video equipment.

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Old 05-26-2009, 02:32 PM   #17
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There are 2 questions you should ask befor showering during a Thunderstorm:

"Have I pissed off God lately?"

"Have I fulfilled my purpose in life yet?"

If the answer to either question is yes... skip the shower.
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"Have I pissed off God lately?"
"Have I fulfilled my purpose in life yet?"

If the answer to either question is yes... skip the shower.
And, are you more useful to God when you're dead?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God's_utility_function
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There are 2 questions you should ask befor showering during a Thunderstorm:

"Have I pissed off God lately?"

"Have I fulfilled my purpose in life yet?"

If the answer to either question is yes... skip the shower.
I think the answer to the second question would have to be "no" to skip the shower<g>

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I have to ask myself; why do I question what is safe and what is not, and when precautions should be taken to avert what seems to be a very unlikely, but still not impossible accident.

I have always respected electricity, and especially high voltages, of which lightning tops the list. The thing I have to remember, is that lightning is utterly unpredictable. I can prevent an accident while working on my SE panel by taking the normal precautions, but in that case I know what I am dealing with. 220V isn't going to suddenly do something unpredictable. It will always do what it is "supposed" to do.

But I have actually seen accounts on TV (TWC) where a guy was struck by lightning while riding a bicycle 50 miles away from the storm!
You probably saw that on TWC a couple of years ago.

So, in the end, I will continue to practice what I have practiced all of my life and stay away from the shower, and other points of entry during a lightning storm.

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