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Thursday July 12, 2007 9:25 am
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
This is the slogan that Dr. Mary Ann Cooper of the American College of Emergency Physicians at Chicago has come up with to remind you that it’s not just trees that can make you a lightning target. Physicians are reporting that they are having to treat patients for burns who have been out in thunderstorms and get hit through their laptops, PMPs, beepers, and cell phones, and other metal enclosed devices. Although it does not work the way lightning rods do, Dr. Cooper says, “It’s going to hit where it’s going to hit, but once it contacts metal, the metal conducts the electricity.”
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