If a storm is coming or under
way, get indoors.
Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait
for raindrops to fall before going indoors. Lightning can travel through
wiring and water pipes, so stay away from bathtubs, sinks, corded phones, and
anything that uses electricity, like TVs, computers, video games, or
appliances. Keep away from windows and open doors. Stay indoors for 30 minutes
or more after you hear the last thunder.
If you must be outside
during a thunderstorm, stay near proper shelter.
is a large, enclosed building with conventional wiring and plumbing. Count the
time from when you see lightning to when you hear thunder. If the time is 30
seconds or less, seek shelter. Don't leave the shelter until 30 minutes or
more has elapsed after the last thunder. If you can't get indoors:
Your next best choice is to get into a hardtop car—not a convertible—and roll
up the windows. Don't touch the car frame, steering wheel, ignition,
gearshift, or radio. Avoid open vehicles like golf carts (even with roofs),
Lightning is drawn to tall objects and metal. Avoid trees, canopies, small
picnic or rain shelters, and anything metal, such as flagpoles, metal
bleachers, golf clubs, tall light poles, etc.
Avoid rivers, lakes, and swimming pools. If you are boating, head to shore.
Avoid wide-open areas, including sports fields.
If lightning is about to strike near you, squat.
Go indoors or get into a hardtop car if you see lightning or hear thunder. If
you can't get indoors, stay away from tall objects, metal objects, bodies of
water, and wide-open areas.
If you are
outside, far away from proper shelter, and lightning threatens, the safest
thing for you to do is to move at least 15 feet away from other people, put
your feet together, squat down, tuck your head, and cover your ears to
minimize hearing damage from thunder. Do NOT lie down or put your hands or
knees on the ground. When the immediate threat of lightning has passed,
continue heading to the safest spot possible.
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