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8 Tips to Keep Safe from Lightning

June 30, 2014
Lightning streaks spread across a night sky.

Summertime in Georgia brings about frequent storms that can get nasty in a short amount of time. While it may seem like a rumbling in the distance doesn’t pose a threat to your safety, it's still important to be careful during a thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service offers some helpful tips for staying safe when a storm rolls in.

  • No place outside is safe during a thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • Head inside as soon as you hear the first clap of thunder, and don’t go outdoors until 30 minutes have passed since the last thunderclap.
  • While inside a house, avoid using corded phones, computers or other electrical devices.
  • Stay away from windows, plumbing, doors and concrete floors or walls.

If you find yourself trapped outside with no way to seek shelter indoors, there are a few options for reducing your risk of being struck by lightning.

  • Get away from elevated areas such as hills or mountain tops.
  • Don't try to hide under an isolated tree.
  • Stay far away from bodies of water such as lakes or ponds.
  • Don’t try to shelter yourself under a cliff or rocky overhang.

Always remember to use your best judgment when lightning is in your area. When possible, head indoors as soon as you can. Have a safe summer!

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.


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