Lightning safety tips
Stay safe from the threat of lightning
Lightning strikes the United States millions of times each year, and every strike is a potential killer. To keep your family safe, it is important to know what actions to take during a thunderstorm.
There is no safe place from lightning when you are outside. To be as safe as possible you must seek shelter indoors or in an enclosed metal topped vehicle when there is a thunderstorm in the area. A safe indoor shelter is defined as a substantial building with a full roof, walls and a floor.
UNSAFE structures include covered patios, open garages, picnic shelters and tents. A safe vehicle is one that is fully enclosed like a hard-toped car, minivan, truck, etc. Unsafe vehicles include convertibles, motorcycles, golf carts and any open cab vehicle.
There are many myths and old wives tales about lightning. Some of them just might get you killed.