During a thunderstorm, do you know where to go and how to be safe?
A safe shelter is a building with electricity and/or plumbing or a metal-topped vehicle with the windows closed. Some areas that are not good to take shelter during a thunderstorm include picnic shelters, dugouts, and small buildings.
Did you know there are three main ways lightning can enter a structure? It can either be a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure, and through the ground.
Also lightning can travel through the electrical foundation of your home, a corded phone, plumbing, metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring, and radio/television reception systems.
Here are some tips to stay safe during a thunderstorm:
Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
Don’t touch electrical equipment such as computers or cords.
Avoid plumbing — including washing your hands, showers/baths or wash dishes, just to name a few.
Stay away from windows, doors, and even porches –even though it may be cool to look at.
Another tip is to not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
Remember, lightning generates electrical surges that can damage your electronics and some surge protectors will not protect electronics from a lightning strike. During a thunderstorm event never unplug equipment as there is a risk you could be struck.
Protect you and your family, but don’t forget about your pets!
Dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.
Courtesy: National Weather Service (NWS)