How To Be Safe From Lightning
UPDATED June 23, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
- Check WeatherBug for the forecast before heading out.
- Check the Spark Lightning Alerts on WeatherBug Android and iphone smartphone application, a GPS-based lightning detection feature that provides the closest lightning strike, so you can Know Before the storm hits.
- Storms can form overhead, so always check the sky for large cumulus clouds as these are the first sign of thunderstorms.
- If you feel like a storm is on its way it is imperative to stop your outdoor activities and move to a safe indoor area. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.
- Lightning can strike before the rain, so be someplace safe before the threat is upon you.
- Do not use corded phones. Lightning can travel through the phone lines and electrocute you.
- Lightning can also travel through pipes. Do not take showers, bathes or do dishes while a thunderstorm is occurring.
- Have flashlight and/or candles ready. Power failures often occur during thunderstorms.
- Unplug or turn off electronics. Lightning can cause damaging power surges.
- Don`t worry, people struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Call for help. Get someone to dial 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned where they were struck and where the electricity left their body.
- Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
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