Lightning can be cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground. Most lightning strikes are cloud-to-cloud. There are a lot of myths surrounding lightning.  Below we’ve listed the facts to dispel a few of the more common myths.

  • Lightning is not attracted to metal objects
  • Most people struck by lightning survive
  • 90% of lightning strikes are cloud-to-cloud
  • Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in an area
  • Standing under a lone tree puts you at risk of being struck
  • The most dangerous time for a lightning strike is before the storm
  • Wearing metal jewelry does not increase your change of being struck
  • Lightning victims are not full of electricity.

If you encounter or witness a person struck by lightning, immediately assess the damage. While most people survive lightning strikes, it’s possible for lightning to kill a person instantly by short-circuiting the heart or brain.

Treatment for victims of lightning strikes is limited. Treat any skin burns as normal burns. If the person is unconscious, check the respiratory and heart rates. If appropriate, begin CPR.


We also offer a free certificate of completion. To receive the certificate you must pass a 50-question test with a score of 70 or higher. Check our Basic First Aid Certificate of Completion page for more information.

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