Lightning Safety

Photo of lightning in a stormy sky 
Lightning strikes the United States millions of times each year. To keep your family safe, it is important to know what actions to take during a thunderstorm.
 
Safety Tips 

  • Listen to the forecast to know if there is a severe weather threat, and make sure you can get to a safe location if a thunderstorm develops. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. It is a good idea to heed the advice of the National Weather Service, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” 
 

  • There is no safe place from lightning when you are outside. Seek shelter indoors or in an enclosed metal-topped vehicle if a thunderstorm rolls in the area. A safe shelter should have a full roof, walls and a floor. Unsafe structures include covered patios, open garages, picnic shelters and tents. Unsafe vehicles include convertibles, motorcycles, golf carts and any open cab vehicle. 
 

  • Even without a direct strike, lightning voltage can enter your home through phone lines, electrical wires, cables and plumbing. In fact, phone use is the leading cause of indoor lightning injuries in the U.S. Only use cordless or cell phones to make emergency calls during an electrical storm. 

Learn more at SafeElectricity.org.
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