Lightning Safety

Thunderstorms can happen anytime, but they are more likely in warmer weather through spring and summer. Head indoors once you are aware that there may be lightning in the area! Once inside be aware that lightning can enter your home or wherever you may be sheltered. It may strike directly, or it may strike wires or pipes that extend outside the structure and find its way in. Lightning can also come through the ground. Once it finds its way into the structure, lightning can travel through the electrical, phone, plumbing, and radio/television systems. Lightning can also travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Here are some tips that will make you safer from the dangers of lightning: 

 

PERSONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY

DON’T TOUCH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Corded phones (it is safe to use cordless and cellular phones)

  • Electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords

  • Plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes

  • Windows and doors - they might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning

  • Stay off porches

  • Concrete floors and walls

 

PET SAFETY

Protect your pets: Dog houses are NOT safe shelters. DO NOT leave dogs chained to trees or anything outside. Dogs connected to metal runners are at high risk for lightning strikes. Bring your pets inside the house (do not leave them in the garage on the concrete floor).

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