Lightening and thunder can be very dangerous. Below are some tips about how to be safe during a storm:

  1. Stay indoors, and don't venture outside, unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Stay away from open doors and windows, fireplaces, radiators, stoves, metal pipes, sinks, and plug-in electrical appliances.
  3. Don't use plug-in electrical equipment like hair driers, electric toothbrushes, or electric razors during the storm.
  4. Don't use the telephone during the storm. Lightning may strike telephone lines outside.
  5. Don't take laundry off the clothesline.
  6. Don't work on fences, telephone or power lines, pipelines, or structural steel fabrication.
  7. Don't use metal objects like fishing rods and golf clubs. Golfers wearing cleated shoes are particularly good lightning rods.
  8. Don't handle flammable materials in open containers.
  9. Stop tractor work, especially when the tractor is pulling metal equipment, and dismount. Tractors and other implements in metallic contact with the ground are often struck by lightning.
  10. Get out of the water and off small boats.
  11. Stay in your automobile if you are traveling. Automobiles offer excellent lightning protection.
  12. Seek shelter in buildings. If no buildings are available, your best protection is a cave, ditch, canyon, or under head-high clumps of trees in open forest glades.
  13. When there is no shelter, avoid the highest object in the area. If only isolated trees are nearby, your best protection is to crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from isolated trees as the trees are high.
  14. Avoid hilltops, open spaces, wire fences, metal clotheslines, exposed sheds, and any electrically conductive elevated objects.
  15. When you feel the electrical charge -- if your hair stands on end or your skin tingles -- lightning may be about to strike you. Drop to the ground immediately.