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Lightning Safety

Lack of awareness about what to do during thunderstorms seems to be a factor in many lightning injuries and deaths. Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. Because lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not a sign of safety. If you hear thunder, take cover. Victims of lightning strikes should be given CPR if necessary, and seek medical attention if available.

  • If outdoors, look for a shelter that will protect you from lightning.
  • Got to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest object. Get down if you are in an exposed area.
  • Stay away from trees.
  • Avoid metal. Don’t hold metal items, including knives, fishing rods, axes or tools.
  • If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike. Crouch down and cover your ears.
  • Stay away from water. This includes riversstreamslakes, puddles and anything damp such as wet grass
  • Don’t stand close to other people. Spread out.