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Electrical Storms Can Be Deadly | Print |  Email

Electrical Storms Can Be Deadly

It only takes one strike of lightning to change a person’s life forever. Lightning causes serious injuries and death. Unfortunately, lightning can be unpredictable. It does not have to be raining for lightning to strike, and you can be injured even if you are inside.Electrical Storm

Safe Electricity has the following tips to prevent lightning accidents.

  • Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. It is best to plan ahead so you do not get caught outside in a storm. However, if you cannot take shelter in a building, take the following precautions:
  • Take shelter in a vehicle with a solid metal roof. Close the windows, and avoid contact with electrical conducting paths, such as the steering wheel, gear shifter, or radio.
  • Avoid water, high ground, and open spaces.
  • Do not seek shelter in open-frame shelters or vehicles such as golf carts.
  • Do not stand near poles, metal fences or bleachers, trees, or even other people (spread out 20 ft. apart).
  • Wait until 30 minutes has passed without lightning or thunder until you return outside.

Even indoors, you must take lightning safety precautions. If lightning strikes your home, it can travel through electronics. It is safest to stay away from electronics and outlets during storms.