Lightning

Lightning

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Take the threat of lightning seriously; if you can hear thunder, the storm is close enough to threaten you with lightning.

If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, you are like a jet fighter that’s being painted by radar.
Make yourself as small a target as possible without lying flat: drop to your knees, bend forward and out your hands on your knees.

  • Professionally-installed lightning rods make your home much safer in a storm.
  • If you are indoors when thunder or the media alert sounds, stay indoors.
  • Stay away from metal objects such as plumbing fixtures and appliances; do not use electrical equipment like telephones.
  • Water is a great conductor, so do not use faucets or showers.
  • Check the weather forecast before leaving for outside activities.
  • If you are trapped outside in a thunderstorm, go to a low area and crouch (but do not lie flat).  Avoid high areas like hilltops; if in a crowd, spread out.  If the only building you can find is metal, don’t go inside.
  • If you’re in a boat, get ashore and out of the craft immediately; if you’re in a car, stay in it.
  • Safety under a tree is a myth; if you’re in woods or forest, find a spot under low, thick trees.

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