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Lightning Safety Tips

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Protect those who matter most with these tips for staying safe in a storm.

When an electrical storm approaches, knowing what to do is just as important as knowing what to avoid. Here’s some guidance from the Lightning Protection Institute.

  • If you’re outside and a thunderstorm approaches, immediately seek shelter in a home, large building or substantial, fully enclosed building – preferably one equipped with a lightning protection system.


  • If a building is not available, take shelter in a car with a metal top and keep the doors and windows closed.


  • If caught outdoors, minimize your risk by moving to a lower elevation.


  • Avoid lakes, beaches or open water; fishing from a boat or dock; and riding on golf carts, farm equipment, motorcycles and bicycles.


  • Take shelter in tunnels, subways, ditches or caves – never under a tree!


  • To avoid side flashes (voltage from a nearby struck object) stay clear of fences or isolated trees.


  • Keep away from telephone poles, power lines, pipelines or other electrically conductive objects.


  • In your home, stay away from the TV, plumbing, sinks, tubs, radiators and stoves.


  • Don’t stand near open windows, doorways or metal piping.


  • Avoid contact with small electric appliances such as radios, toasters and hairdryers.


  • Stay off the phone.


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