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Protect Yourself from Lightning Strikes

Protect Yourself from Lightning Strikes
Posted on 03/27/2020
Protect Yourself from Lightning StrikesYou can protect yourself from risk even if you are caught outdoors when lightning is close by.

OUTDOOR Safety precautions

If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.

Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.

The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.

Stay away from concrete floors and walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Although you should move into a non-concrete structure if possible, being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.

INDOOR Safety precautions

If indoors, avoid using running water or landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.

Lightning strikes may be rare, but they still happen and the risk of serious injury or death is severe. So, take thunderstorms seriously.

Published March 27, 2020