Lack of awareness about what to do during thunderstorms seems to be a factor in many lightning injuries and deaths. Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. Because lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not a sign of safety. If you hear thunder, take cover. Victims of lightning strikes should be given CPR if necessary, and seek medical attention if available.
- If outdoors, look for a shelter that will protect you from lightning.
- Got to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest object. Get down if you are in an exposed area.
- Stay away from trees.
- Avoid metal. Don't hold metal items, including knives, fishing rods, axes or tools.
- If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike. Crouch down and cover your ears.
- Stay away from water. This includes rivers, streams, lakes, puddles and anything damp such as wet grass
- Don't stand close to other people. Spread out.