Lightning Safety Tips
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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.