This safety series is designed to help you prepare your family for life’s emergencies — big and small — and keep you as safe and healthy as possible when Mother Nature or life throws the unexpected your way. Take the next minute to help make yourself and your family safer.
With families planning outdoor activities, it seems like a good time to review lightning safety tips.
While no place outdoors is safe when a thunderstorm is near, if you are caught outside during one you can greatly reduce your risk of becoming a lightning casualty by following some basic rules:
- n The best shelter from lightning is inside a substantial building with the windows and doors closed.
- If no substantial shelter is available, seek refuge in a hard-topped vehicle, with the windows closed.
- Avoid carports, porches, garages, sheds, tents, baseball dugouts, under bleachers, or any rain shelter without windows and doors that can be closed.
- If there is no safe shelter anywhere nearby, seek lower elevation areas away from trees, metallic objects and bodies of water. Stay away from trees, electrical poles or other tall objects.
- If you are outside, assume the “lightning crouch” by squatting down with your feet together, your head tucked to your chest or between your knees, and your hands covering your ears or flat against your knees. Do NOT lie flat on the ground, as this gives the lightning a larger target.
- If you are stuck outside with a group of people, maintain a distance of at least 50 to 100 feet between each person. This reduces the risk on lightning traveling from one person to another.
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