Dogs are scared of it, and grandparents warn you about it. Brave children do not want to quit playing because of it. What is it? It’s lightning. It’s beautiful, but don’t be fooled, it’s destructive.
Lightning causes more deaths than hurricanes and tornados combined. It can strike more than ten miles away from a storm. If you are outside when a thunderstorm hits, seek shelter immediately. If there is not a stable structure nearby, stay away from water and tall trees. Stay out in the open, and if your skin feels tingly, a strike may happen soon. Crouch down on the ground, tuck your head and grab your ankles, but do not lie down on the ground.
Lightning can enter a house through wires, pipes or concrete. Stay away from plumping and corded phones during a storm. Keep a physical distance from televisions, radios and computers. Leave the laundry and dishes for later, please. It is safe to enjoy a good game of checkers as long as you sit away from windows, doors, and concrete floors. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that 10 to 20 people in the U.S. are injured each year while bathing, showering or using appliances during storms.
The best safety tip regarding lightning is to stay clear of it. Thunderstorms are something to respect, and where there is thunder, there is lightning. The next time a storm is in your neighborhood, go inside and stay safe.