Protect Yourself from Lightning

When there is an electrical storm, take precautions against lightning, even if the thunderstorm is not directly overhead.

A few summer storm safety tips:

  • Seek shelter in a house, large building, or automobile — but not a convertible.
  • Do not stand under a tree or near anything that is the tallest object.
  • Do not stand on a hilltop. Seek shelter in the lowest area.
  • If you are in water, get out as quickly as possible. If you are in a boat, get to land.
  • Playing golf? Stop. Do not hold a metal golf club during a thunder or lightning storm. Take off golf shoes with metal spikes.
  • Stay off bicycles, farm equipment, motorcycles and golf carts.
  • Stay away from utility poles and power lines.
  • Do not use telephones except in emergencies.
  • Do not take a bath or shower.
  • Do not use appliances such as hair dryers, toasters and radios.
  • Keep batteries on hand for flashlights and radios in case of a power outage.


Source: National Electrical Safety Foundation

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