Lightning Safety Tips and Videos

Lightning can be a dangerous hazard to you and your home. Find out how to prevent damage or injury with precautions and the right lightning protection system.

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Safety Tips

  • Be aware of your local weather forecast.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning.
  • Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors!”
  • High winds, rainfall, and cloud cover often act as warnings to actual cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. This is the signal to take action.
  • Do not lie on the ground if you are caught outside during a thunderstorm. This outdated advice doesn’t take into account the danger of ground currents. These currents can spread out 100 feet from a lightning strike, and a person whose body is completely in contact with the ground, can be seriously injured by the ground current.
  • Never seek shelter under an isolated tree.
  • If you are outdoors, avoid bodies of water, high ground, open spaces, metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, and power tools.
  • Avoid open fields and high ground, standing under trees or unprotected shelters, sports dugouts, flagpoles, light poles, radio and cell towers, bleachers, golf carts, bicycles, and convertible cars.
  • If you are indoors, avoid doors, windows and water. Do not use telephones. Turn off, unplug, and stay away from all TV sets, appliances, computers, and power tools. Take off headsets.
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