All thunderstorms produce
lightning and are dangerous. If you hear the sound of thunder, then you are in
danger from lightning. Lightning kills between 75 to 100 people each year and
being outdoors in the most dangerous place to be. Always listen to the radio
and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
- Keep an eye at the sky.
Look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning, or increasing winds. Lightning
often proceeds rain, so dont wait for the rain to begin. If you hear the
sound of thunder, go to a safe place immediately.
- The best place to go is a
sturdy building or a car, but make sure the windows in the car are shut. Avoid
sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers.
- If there is no shelter
around you, stay away from trees. Crouch down in the open area, keeping twice
as far away from a tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place
your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
- If youre with a
group of people stay about 15 feet from each other.
- Stay out of water.
Its a great conductor of electricity. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and
scuba diving are not safe. Also, dont stand in puddles.
- Avoid metal. Stay away
from clotheslines, fences, and drop your backpacks because they often have
metal on them.
- If youre playing an
outdoor activity, wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning
strike or thunder.
- Avoid water. Its a
great conductor of electricity, so do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash
dishes or do laundry.
- Do not use a corded
telephone. Lightning may strike exterior phone lines.
- Do not use electric
equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
- Stay away from windows and
doors, and stay off porches.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY
- Call for help. Call 9-1-1
or send for help immediately.
- The injured person does
not carry an electrical charge, so it is okay to touch them.