Lightning Safety Tips

In our continuing series related to Severe Weather Awareness Week, we talk about lightning safety.  If you find yourself caught in a thunderstorm, there are several things you can do to stay safe from lightning strikes. Here are some lightning safety tips:

  1. Seek Shelter: The best way to protect yourself from lightning is to seek shelter in a sturdy building. Stay inside until the storm has passed and avoid using electrical appliances or plumbing during the storm.
  2. Avoid Open Spaces: If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, avoid open spaces and tall structures such as trees, poles, and fences. These objects can attract lightning and increase the risk of a strike.
  3. Stay Low: If you cannot find shelter during a thunderstorm, stay low to the ground. Crouch down and place your hands on your knees, with your feet close together. This will minimize your contact with the ground and reduce the risk of a lightning strike.
  4. Don’t Touch Metal: During a thunderstorm, avoid touching metal objects such as fences, metal poles, and bicycles. These objects can conduct electricity and increase the risk of a lightning strike.
  5. Wait It Out: If you are in a car during a thunderstorm, avoid parking under trees or other tall objects. Stay in the car with the windows closed and wait until the storm has passed before getting out.