How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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.

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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.

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