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Myth of the Month – Lightning Strikes

Monday, March 16th, 2009


MYTH: Lightning can strike you only when the thunderstorm is in sight.

FACT: Lightning may travel up to 15 miles horizontally and strike out of the clear blue sky. Get into a protected area before the thunderstorm passes overhead and wait 30 minutes before heading back outside after the last thunder is heard or lightning is seen.

BE SAFE Tip – Lightning Strike Prevention

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

BE SAFE Outdoor Tip – Preventing Lightning

  • A lightning bolt can travel up to 15 miles
  • Seek shelter indoors or inside a vehicle
  • In a tent stay as far away from the poles an wet clothes as possible
  • Do not stand under a tall tree in an open field or on a ridge top
  • Get out an away from open water
  • Get off bicycles and golf carts
  • Stay away from wire fences, metal pipes or other metal objects that could carry the lightning bolt to you from a distance
  • Avoid standing in small isolated sheds or other small buildings out in the open
  • In a forest seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of saplings or small trees. In an open area go to a low place such as a valley or ravine.
  • If you are totally in the open, stay far away from single trees to avoid lightning splashes. Drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees. If available place insulating material between you and the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground.