Lightning Safety Tips

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To prevent death or injury, the Lightning Protection Institute advises the following:

-Treat lightning with proper caution. If you are outside and a thunderstorm approaches, immediately seek shelter inside a fully enclosed building.

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

-Certain locations are extremely hazardous during thunderstorms. Avoid lakes, beaches or open water; fishing from a boat or dock; and riding on golf carts, farm equipment, motorcycles or bicycles. Never seek shelter under a tree!

-If caught outdoors, try to minimize your risk by going to a place of lower elevation.

-Stay off the telephone. In your home, do not stand near open windows, doorways or metal piping.

-Stay away from the TV, plumbing, sinks, tubs, radiators and stoves.

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


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