Lightning Safety

If you are outside, seek refuge in a car or grounded building when lightning or thunder begins. If you are caught outside away from a building or car, stay clear of water bodies and tall objects like trees. Find a low spot or depression and crouch down as low as possible, but don’t lie down on the ground.

house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows.

First, lightning injures more people than it kills. In fact, approximately 90 percent of those victims survive, but often with long-lasting neurological damage, says Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a leading expert on these injuries.

The National Weather Service urges the public to avoid hopping in the shower during a Thunder storm in the event that a bolt strikes one of your home’s water pipes and electrifies your bathroom. … Just as the National Weather Service warns, it’s safe to shower only once thunderstorms have passed you by.

It isn’t dangerous to watch TV during a thunderstorm, but the electronics in a TV set are vulnerable. Over-voltages resulting from a lightning strike may follow electrical conductors into the handset. Don’t shelter under large trees. There is a greater risk of lightning striking objects that stand out in the landscape.

Avoid setting up your tent under an isolated tree or the tallest tree, close to a metal fence, or on a hilltop. However due to the higher ground and the isolated tree next to the tent, this would not be a safe location in a thunderstorm. When you hear thunder, lightning is within striking distance.

Lightning strikes can cause concussive injury. Just as heat can cause expanding air in the lungs, the explosive shock wave created by lightning (the cause of thunder) can cause concussive and auditory injury at extremely close range. Other physical injury can be caused by objects damaged or thrown by the lightning strike.

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