Are you ready for a thunderstorm? Remember,
lightning strikes the tallest object in any area. Many
lightning fatalities or injuries occur at the beginning
or end of a thunderstorm.
The following are some lightning safety rules:
Before lightning strikes...
- Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies,
flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for
the sound of thunder.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough
to the storm to be struck by lightning.
- Count seconds from the time you see lightning
until you hear thunder, then divide by five. This
gives you the distance in miles from the lightning
When a storm approaches...
- Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows
closed and avoid convertibles.
- Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity.
Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliance.
If caught outside...
- Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees,
poles, or metal objects. Make yourself as small
as possible by squatting low to the ground. Place
your hands on your knees with your head between
them. Don't lie flat on the ground, and make sure
the place you pick is not subject to flash flooding.
- If you are with a group, it is wise to separate
from each other as much as possible. Do not bundle
together. Lightning can travel from person to person
if they are too close to each other. Separating
decreases the risk of many people being struck at
once, and increases the chance of leaving at least
one survivor to attend to those that are struck.
- If you are in the woods, take shelter under the
shorter trees. Don't seek out a lone tree.
- If you are boating or swimming, get to the land
and find shelter immediately.
- On the golf course, head for the club house or
some nearby structure.
If someone is struck by lightning...
- People who have been struck by lightning carry
no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- If they have stopped breathing, perform CPR.
US Dept of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service
Salt Lake City Weather Forecast Office
2242 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Tel: (801) 524-5133
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