Safety How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm By Trauma & Emergency Medicine, June 17, 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. 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: 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.