“When thunder roars, go indoors”

For the second day of Severe Weather Preparedness week we will be discussing how to stay safe when lightning occurs, and debunking some common lightning myths. 

 

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if the object is tall, pointy, or isolated

Myth: If you are outside, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning-related deaths.

Myth: My car’s rubber tires will keep me safe if lightning strikes my car or near my car!

Fact: The tires have nothing to do with keeping you safe from the shock, it is actually the metal shell around your car that disperses the shock. Because of this, you are safest in a hard-topped vehicle!

 

Some safety tips surrounding lightning include:

  • Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder. 
  • Shelter in a sturdy building
  • Water acts as a conductor, so if you are on a beach or boat leave immediately.
  • If you feel your hair standing up, this means that lightning is about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward, but do NOT lie flat on the ground. 
  • Protect your pets, dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable. 

For more information, visit weather.gov