If stories about airplanes being evacuated after their batteries catch fire, and people being struck by lightning, or hit by subway trains have you worried about your own safety, relax! According to several experts, your odds of being hurt are miniscule.
Let’s start with: Being killed on subway or railroad tracks. According to the American Public Transportation Association, the odds of falling – or being pushed – onto the tracks in front of a train are less than 1 in 2 million.
Another unfounded fear: Your airplane will crash. Airline accidents are extremely rare, which is why they’re all over the news when they happen. In fact, Patrick Smith, the founder of AskthePilot.com, says your chances of being hurt on a commercial jetliner are 2-thousand times less than your odds of being injured in your car.
The final worry: If there’s an electrical storm in the area – and you’re carrying an umbrella – you’ll get struck by lightning. Meteorologists say a lot of people are terrified to use an umbrella in a storm because they think it acts like a lightning rod. But metal doesn’t attract lightning. It just conducts the electricity to the ground. And he says that people who are zapped while holding an umbrella are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, the only truly safe place to be during a thunderstorm is inside. But our expert says it’s okay to use your umbrella to stay dry while you’re running for shelter.