Lightning Safety Tips
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.