Lightning Safety Rules

Lightning Safety Rules
The National Lightning Safety Institute recommends that you can take a few safety steps to avoid being hit by lightning.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows during a thunderstorm. Unplug televisions, computers, and other appliances.
  • If you are away from buildings, get inside an all metal, non-convertible automobile, and avoid contact with the metal.
  • Avoid using telephones, unless it is an emergency.
  • Get away from scooters and bicycles and other metal equipment.
  • Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes, rails, and other metallic paths which could carry lightning to you from some distance away.
  • Do not stand under a single tall tree.  Most lightning victims are killed while seeking shelter under a tree. Do not be the tallest object in the area stay away from single tall trees. If it is hit and you are near it you may get a shock from the electricity traveling through the ground.
  • If there is no shelter, crouch down, grab your ankles, and bend forward, in a position where your head does not touch the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground.