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Storm Safety

  • Your next best choice is to get into a hardtop car—not a convertible—and roll up the windows. Don't touch the car frame, steering wheel, ignition, gearshift, or radio. Avoid open vehicles like golf carts (even with roofs), tractors, etc.
  • Lightning is drawn to tall objects and metal. Avoid trees, canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, and anything metal, such as flagpoles, metal bleachers, golf clubs, tall light poles, etc.
  • Avoid rivers, lakes, and swimming pools. If you are boating, head to shore.
  • Avoid wide-open areas, including sports fields.

If lightning is about to strike near you, squat.

If you are outside, far away from proper shelter, and lightning threatens, the safest thing for you to do is to move at least 15 feet away from other people, put your feet together, squat down, tuck your head, and cover your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder. Do NOT lie down or put your hands or knees on the ground. When the immediate threat of lightning has passed, continue heading to the safest spot possible.

Go indoors or get into a hardtop car if you see lightning or hear thunder. If you can't get indoors, stay away from tall objects, metal objects, bodies of water, and wide-open areas.


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