Myth: If it isn't raining, there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes away from heavy rainfall. It may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.

Myth: Rubber soles on shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect a person from being injured by lightning.

Fact: Rubber provides no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides some protection if the person isn't touching metal.

Myth: People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.

Fact: Lightning victims carry no electrical charge (unless the victim is in contact with a live electrical source such as a downed power line) and should be attended to immediately.

Myth: Heat lightning occurs on a very hot summer day and poses no threat.

Fact: What is referred to as heat lightning is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. It usually poses no threat as it is quite a distance to those observing it but a storm could be approaching.