Can you survive being struck by lightning? Take the lightning quiz!
"You're more likely to be struck by lightning than..." Like your chances of winning the lottery, this possibility is the gold standard for showing the unlikelihood of an event. What's the chance you or someone you know could be struck by lightning?start quiz
Question 1 of 20
If you live until the age of 80, what are the odds that you will be struck by lightning during your lifetime?
... According to the U.S. National Weather Service, you have about a one in 10,000 chance of being struck by lightning during your lifetime, if you live until the age of 80.
Question 2 of 20
What percentage of people who are struck by lightning die of their injuries?
... Just 10 percent of lightning-strike victims die. The other 90 percent survive, though many are left with short- or long-term injuries.
Question 3 of 20
Fact or fiction: Lightning never strikes twice in the same spot.
... Fiction: Lightning often strikes the same spot more than once. For example, the Empire State Building is struck by lightning about 100 times each year.
Question 4 of 20
Fact or fiction: If it is not raining where you are, you are safe from lightning strikes.
... Fiction: Lightning strikes can occur up to three miles from the center of a storm. Some "out of the blue" strikes occur in areas where skies are sunny and blue, up to 15 miles from a thunderstorm.
Question 5 of 20
Fact or fiction: You can't be injured by lightning if you are inside a home or other secure building.
... Fiction: You can be struck by lightning while you are indoors in a number of ways. The building could suffer a direct lightning strike, or lightning can enter the structure through pipes, wiring or even by traveling within the ground.
Question 6 of 20
Fact or fiction: Thousands of people in the U.S. are killed by lightning each year.
... Fiction: From 1981 to 2010, an average of 54 lightning-related deaths were reported in the U.S. each year. Lightning deaths have actually gone down in recent decades thanks to improved warning systems and better medical care for victims.
Question 7 of 20
Which of the following represents the safest place to seek shelter during a storm?
... A home or building is the safest place to seek shelter during a storm. Small outbuildings do little to protect you from lightning, and standing under a tree during a lightning storm is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Question 8 of 20
Which of the following weather occurrences causes the most deaths in the U.S.?
... Lightning strikes cause more deaths each year in the U.S. than either tornados or hurricanes. Only floods and extreme heat are deadlier than lightning.
Question 9 of 20
Which state experiences the most lightning strikes?
... Florida experiences more lightning strikes than any other state in the U.S., followed by Michigan and North Carolina.
Question 10 of 20
How can you protect yourself from lightning if you are trapped outdoors during a storm?
... If you are trapped outdoors during a storm, make yourself as small as possible in terms of both height and width. Stretching out flat on the ground just makes you a bigger target, so instead, squat down and tuck your head between your knees for safety.
Question 11 of 20
Fact or fiction: It's safe to talk on a cell phone during a storm, but you should avoid corded phones.
... Fact: While it's generally safe to use your cell phone during a storm, you should avoid corded phones. Up to 5 percent of lightning strike victims are struck while using a corded phone.
Question 12 of 20
Fact or fiction: Men are four times more likely than women to be struck by lightning.
... Fact: Men are four times as likely to be the victim of a lightning strike. Males make up 84 percent of lightning fatalities and 82 percent of injuries.
Question 13 of 20
What percent of lightning-strike victims suffer from residual injuries?
... Up to 70 percent of victims experience some type of health effects following a lightning strike. These could include anything from headaches and nausea to seizures and personality changes.
Question 14 of 20
In which of the following scenarios are you most likely to be struck by lightning?
... Florida experiences more lightning strikes than any other state, while lightning strikes to humans are rare in Nevada and Oregon. As many as two-thirds of Florida lightning strikes occur in the afternoon, and Sunday is the deadliest day of the week for lightning. July also happens to be the month when the most lightning strikes are reported.
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following is most likely to be struck by lightning?
... The presence of metal does not make an object more likely to be struck by lightning. A tall, pointed object like a mountain is much more likely to experience a lightning strike than a small backyard gazebo or an umbrella.
Question 16 of 20
Fact or fiction: The rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning.
... Fiction: It's the metal in a car body, not the tires, that helps to protect you from lightning. That's why vehicles with fiberglass bodies offer little to no protection during a storm.
Question 17 of 20
Fact or fiction: You should not touch a lightning victim because you could receive an electric shock.
... Fiction: A human body cannot store electricity following a lightning strike. Feel free to perform CPR or help a lightning strike victim until paramedics arrive.
Question 18 of 20
How many times did park ranger Roy Sullivan get struck by lightning and live to tell the tale?
... Roy Sullivan holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Lightning Strikes Survived." He lived through seven lightning strikes before committing suicide at the age of 71.
Question 19 of 20
About how many times does lightning strike the ground each year in the United States?
... The U.S. experiences as many as 25 million lightning strikes annually. Worldwide, more than a 100 bolts of lightning strike the Earth every second.
Question 20 of 20
Fact or fiction: It is safe to swim during a thunderstorm as long as you are swimming in fresh water, not salt water.
... Fiction: Both fresh water and salt water are dangerous distributors of electricity, so you shouldn't swim during a storm.
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