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    Ron Clay Guest

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    As a person who has come close to being struck by lightning several times in my life I would ask you all to look out and at a few basic precautions when a thunderstorm is about.

    We use carbon fibre rods which are excellent lightning conductors. If a storm is about it's better to wind in and wait whilst it passes. Don't point the rods or pole in the air, lay them flat.

    The metal shaft of a brolly is also a danger. Don't put up a brolly and sit under it. Rather get wet. You'll be safer.

    NEVER stand under a tree!!

    The safest place to be in a violent electric storm is in a car. I have been struck twice whilst sitting in my car with no adverse effects.

    On two occasions lightning has hit my house. On the one occasion the bolt missed me by about a foot and slammed into the TV set.

    As I type this there is a bit of thunder about. August is one of the worst months for lightning strikes in the UK. Take a few precautions and you shouldn'd get struck

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    Stewart Bloor Guest

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    Ok Ron, didn't you get the message about repeat threads.....

    You have been unlucky, either that or somebody 'up there' doesn't like you...

    But seriously, good advice that we all need to take heed of. As you say, August is one of the worst months for lightning strikes.

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    Carp Angler Guest

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    The safest place to be in a violent electric storm is in a car. I have been struck twice whilst sitting in my car with no adverse effects.

    It's called the Faraday cage effect.
    Where the body of the vehicle has a constant structure, there is no place for the current to be hampered and discharge, so the current travels through the structure and to ground.

    It's only when YOU are earthed that it hurts.

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    peter webber Guest

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    Spending most of his fishing time in the water as Sedge does he stands the worst (best) chance of getting hit , mind you he has got his nibs upstairs looking out for him so maybe he's safe anyway.

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    Chris Bishop Guest

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    Brollies - top advice. Guy here got hit a couple of years ago and it melted his trainers to his brolly pole, which didn't do his feet much good.


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    Bob Gill Guest

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    You could say that with the repeat thread this lightning has struck twice. Seriously though good advice.

    Cheers
    Bob

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    Ron Clay Guest

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    By the way Sedge, the reason why I have come close to a lightning strike is not because someone up there doesn't like me, but due to the fact that I lived for 27 years in my life in an area of the world that recieves some of the highest direct lightning strikes - The South African Highveld

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    Stewart Bloor Guest

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    Tell me about it Ron. I've witnessed some of those lightning storms over Johannesburg myself. They are awesome. Wouldn't like to be fishing in one of those....

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    Jon Moores Guest

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    "As a person who has come close to being struck by lightning several times in my life...I have been struck twice whilst sitting in my car...On two occasions lightning has hit my house."

    and don't stand near Ron in a storm )

    Seriously though it's all good advice especially about the car acting as a Faraday cage - the tyres act as conductors to the ground so that tells you how true old tales about rubber boots protecting people are.

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    Rob Brownfield Guest

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    I would say the safest place to stand is next to Ron!!! Seems he is the perfect lightning conductor..lol

    Besides that...I remember a matchman being hit when using a carbon pole. His forearms split like ripe banannas and he ended up in the lake, smoldering! He survived because most of the current travelled down the outside of his waterproofs. Lucky man!

    I have also been hit, whilst in a helicopter over the north sea...not very nice!!

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