Greensboro, NC -- The 2 Wants To Know Newscast is dedicated to getting you answers. Meteorologist Grant Gilmore did just that when David Parsons asked, "My parents always told us we should never take a shower when a thunderstorm is in the area. What are the facts?"
The facts are this; If your house is struck by lightning anything that can conduct electricity can carry an electrical charge and if you are in contact with that material then yes you could be electrocuted.
The pipes that carry the water to the shower can conduct electricity and even that water itself has a level of conductivity which can carry an electrical current. As a result, if you are taking a shower and lightning strikes your house that electrical charge could travel through the pipes and the water that you are bathing in and electrocute you. This process also applies to electronics such as computers.
The safest thing to do during a thunderstorm is to stay away from items that could carry an electrical current including, yes, your shower.
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