Stay safe during a thunderstorm with these tips

How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm

With the arrival of warm weather, most of us flock outdoors to soak up the sunshine and stretch our legs. But while the weather may feel perfect now, there’s a chance a thunderstorm can pop up on the radar and threaten to shut down the summer fun.

It’s essential to take lightning seriously — don’t blow it off to squeeze in another round of golf. We broke down exactly what you should do if you see a thunderstorm approaching:

Tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm.

Essential Thunderstorm Safety Tips

  • If a storm hits, take shelter inside a safe building or vehicle with both a roof and sides.
  • Once you’re inside, avoid electrical equipment, corded phones (cell phones and cordless phones are safe), plumbing, windows, and doors.
  • Wait 30 minutes after that last rumble of thunder to head back outside.
  • If you can’t find shelter, avoid open, elevated areas. Find lower ground.
  • Solitary trees and objects can attract lighting — so steer clear.
  • Remember, water and metals are conductors of electricity.
  • Don’t stand or huddle in groups. It’s possible for electric currents to pass between people.