Lightning Safety

Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year and kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, with hundreds more severely injured.

Lightning: What you Need to Know
  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclose, metal-topped vehicles with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety
  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity: fences, power lines, windmills, etc.
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