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.