The state of South Dakota has finally been getting some much-needed rainfall as of late, giving the ground and crops a healthy drink of precipitation.

When it's raining outside, most of us stay indoors, however, you may have heard that it's unwise to take a shower during a South Dakota thunderstorm. Is that true, or just a myth?

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Is It Safe To Take A Shower During A Thunderstorm?

While this may seem like an old wives' tale, it's actually true. But why could it be harmful? The answer lies in your home's plumbing.

Here's what the Center For Disease Control Has To Say:

Is it safe to take a shower or bath during a lightning storm?

No. Lightning can travel through plumbing. It is best to avoid all water during a lightning storm. Do not shower, bathe, wash dishes, or wash your hands.

-Center For Disease Control

And while we're at it, let's answer another question many have heard throughout the years:

Is it safe to be under a tree during a lightning storm?

No. Being underneath trees is the second leading cause for lightning deaths. For more information on safe shelters, visit our lightning safety tips page.

-Center For Disease Control

While it may seem like a harmless thing, showering during a severe thunderstorm can be potentially deadly. So, your best bet is to wait until the lighting subsides.

Story Source: Center For Disease Control

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