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Amica Insurance tackles 4 lightning myths

Lightning strikes over neighborhood


LINCOLN, R.I. - With the summer upon us, thunderstorms become a more frequent occurrence. That’s why Amica Insurance is helping to debunk four lightning myths to promote safety.

Amica is sharing the following information from the National Weather Service:

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds above, there is no imminent threat of lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, well away from the rain or thunderstorm cloud.

Myth: If caught outside during a thunderstorm, crouching reduces the risk of being struck.

Fact: Crouching doesn't make it any safer outdoors. Take shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect from lightning by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning. However, it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, not the tires.

Myth: Being indoors will keep you completely safe from lightning.

Fact: When inside, be sure to avoid anything that conducts electricity, such as corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing and metal doors.

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Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit

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