Protecting Yourself from Lightning


Lightning Safety

Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2019, Day 4: Lightning Safety Do's and Don'ts

Protecting yourself from lightning

  • SEEK SHELTER in an enclosed building with electricity and plumbing. Sheds, tends, porches, and dugouts DO NOT offer protection. If that's not possible, get into a metal-roofed car with rolled up windows.
  • Stay in your shelter until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Remember: IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE IN DANGER.
  • If INSIDE, avoid anything plugged into the wall, running water, windows/doors, laying on concrete floors, leaning on concrete walls, and porches.
  • If OUTSIDE, avoid isolated trees, anything that conducts electricity, elevated areas, bodies of water, rocky overhangs, and lying flat on the ground. 

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