Tips To Protect Yourself

  • Wear as much as rubber as possible. Rubber is a bad conductor and lightning will often bounce off it or sink into it. Also avoid touching metal as lightning travels around metal and touching it will make it travel to you.
  • Lightning can travel several feet through the ground, so distance yourself from tall, isolated objects. By the same reasoning, be aware that a person may have been hit by lightning, even if you didn’t see the lightning hit the person.
  • Commercial lightning detection devices and weather warning services are available and should be considered for use by golf courses, parks, etc.
  • Wearing portable electronics with headphones during a lightning storm can increase the likelihood of severe injury in the case of a strike – not only to the ears, but to anywhere on the body that the headphone cables lay against.
  • When adopting the lightning crouch, protect your ears. The thunder is dangerously loud.
  • Lightning does not only happen during thunderstorms; it can also happen during volcanic eruptions. So you should also know about volcano safety and lightning safety. The more ash there is the more likely lightning will strike.
  • Stay away from windows in case of one breaks from the wind.
  • Small boats are dangerous places to be in a thunderstorm. If you can’t get to shore, however, do not enter the water — stay in the boat, even if it’s an open sailboat with a mast. There is a mistaken belief that being in the water is safer, but lightning can just as easily strike water (or the electrical charge can be carried through water), and if you’re struck and rendered unconscious, you don’t want to be in the water.
  • If a thunderstorm is approaching, protect electronics and electric appliances by unplugging them in advance. Don’t use corded telephones, as lightning can travel through the cords. Do not unplug anything during a lightning storm, only in advance.
  • Lightning is common in the summer throughout much of the United States. Florida receives the most lightning strikes per square mile per year. (collected)

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