Zap! Tips to Help Stay Safe from Lightning

Whether you and your family play soccer or golf or go fishing, camping or boating for a weekend, you could all be at risk. Not just from sunburn or bugbites – but from lightning.

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week all across the U.S., and WeatherBug wants to help keep you safe and in the know.

Lightning strikes injure over 240,000 people each year and can strike 10 miles in either direction of an approaching or departing storm. Though not everyone who is struck is killed, lightning can have life-altering side effects including vision and hearing loss.

So, what can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones safer?

Check out these 5 lightning safety tips:

For even more safety tips, check out these tips from NOAA:

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

(Source: NOAA)

 

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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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