Lightning strikes kill more Americans than tornadoes or hurricanes. When there is an electrical storm, take precautions against lightning, even if the thunderstorm is not directly overhead.
Lightning Safety Rules:
- Move to low ground.
- Avoid open fields.
- Stay away from isolated trees, towers or utility poles.
- Do not seek shelter under a tree. Trees are easy targets for lightning.
- At the beach, or in a swimming pool, get out of the water immediately.
- Go inside a building and stay away from windows and doors.
- Stay away from metal objects.
- Avoid electric appliances and metal plumbing.
- Get off the phone.
- Do not touch metal objects, such as golf clubs or bicycles.
- Inside a car is relatively safe, but don?t touch interior metal.
- If your hair stands on end, you may be a target. Crouch low on the balls of your feet and try not to touch the ground with your knees or hands.
Stay aware and play it safe during thunderstorms. Don't be a lightning rod.