What should you do if you’re caught outside during a storm? Lightning hits the tallest available object, so get down low in a crouched position if you’re in an exposed area. Also:
- Stay away from trees.
- Don’t hold metal items such as bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools.
- Stay away from metal sheds, clotheslines, poles and fences.
- Avoid water, including pools, lakes and puddles – and anything damp, such as grass.
- Don’t stand close to other people. Spread out.
Is there any sort of warning before lightning strikes? Not necessarily – but if you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike. Don’t lie down; instead, crouch down, tuck your head and cover your ears.
Are you safe from lightning if you stay inside the house? Follow these indoor safety tips:
- Stay away from windows, doors and skylights.
- Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives. But avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords during storms.
- Don’t touch water and plumbing fixtures, including sinks, bathtubs, toilets or faucets.
Can you talk on the telephone during an electrical storm? Use a corded telephone only in an emergency. However, it’s okay to use cordless or cellular phones inside. Is it okay to leave a dog outside during a lightning storm? Doghouses are not lightning-safe, and chained animals easily can become victims of lightning strikes. Bring your pets inside to protect them.