How to Avoid Being Struck by Lightning

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Obviously, the best defense against being struck by lightning is to avoid it all together. Id est, walking outside during a lightning storm is highly inadvisable. However, staying indoors is not a fool proof defense. People indeed do get struck by lightning even when they remain indoors. Part of avoiding lighting strikes is the art of separating fact from fiction. This blog will essentially do that.

Outdoor Safety Tips

If lighting speckles the sky while you’re outside, head indoors immediately if you can. If you cannot retreat to an indoor area, then lie down immediately. Crouching down and remaining low to the ground is the best defense against lightning if you’re in an open space. Also, if you are in a group, separate from them immediately. This will reduce the number of injuries if lightning strikes the ground. But here is what not to do: enter an open vehicle to avoid the storm, find shelter beneath a gazebo or baseball dugout, or attempt to hide from lightning in a playground or other electrical conductor. These all increase your chance of being struck by lightening.

Indoor Safety Tips

You home is essentially the safest place to be amidst a lightning storm. However, the sad fact of the matter is that 1/3 of all lightning strikes occur indoors. Here are some tips to keep you safe while indoors. First and foremost, avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, or wash dishes under any circumstances. Secondly, do not use corded telephones during a lighting storm. Essentially they can conduct electricity which could attract lightning. Lastly avoid leaning on a wall. Lighting can travel through the metal bars and wires in your home, thus resulting in someone being struck by lightning. 

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