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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