The chances of getting struck by lightning are only around 1 in 500,000, yet it still manages to claim one of the highest fatality rates among weather-related incidents.
Tips for Lightning Safety.
To reduce your chances of being struck by lightning, here are some helpful tips:
Know The Weather
Make a backup plan to bring yourself and others indoors in case of inclement weather. Closely monitor weather stations before engaging in outdoor activities and plan accordingly.
Get to Safety
Understanding what makes for a safe shelter can be crucial—things like homes, offices, supermarkets, shopping malls, and hard-topped vehicles with all windows up are generally considered as such. Be sure to note potential shelter locations should the weather take a turn for the worst. Remember the phrase "When thunder roars, go indoors."
What to Avoid
If possible, stay as far from windows, doors, and porches as possible. Also, avoid concrete walls and floors—the metal wires, bars, and conduits often found in concrete can create a path for lightning to follow.
Thunderstorms are no time to enjoy a bath or to take a shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water. Like with concrete and its metal pathways, lightning can travel through plumbing and fixtures.
Turn Off Electronics
Avoid any electronics plugged into your Greenville, NChome wirings, such as computers, game systems, washer and dryers, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, or anything that can be used as a conduit for lightning traveling through an outlet. Using a surge protector or outright unplugging all of your electronics can save them from becoming damaged as well.