Lightning Awareness Day
Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with a look at lightning safety.
Here are some lightning safety rules:
- Any lightning safety plan should incorporate the 30/30 rule. The 30/30 rule states people should seek shelter if the flash to bang delay/length of time in seconds between a lightning flash and its subsequent thunder is 30 seconds or less and that they remain under cover until 30 minutes after the final clap of thunder.
- Move inside a well constructed house, a large building, or an all metal vehicle. Stay away from electrical appliances and do not use the telephone.
- If you are in a boat, get off the water and into a substantial building, or at least into an enclosed and all-metal vehicle with the windows up. If you're caught in an open metal boat, lie down in the boat with cushions between you and the metal sides and bottom.
- If you are caught outdoors, get down to avoid being the highest point for a lightning discharge. If you're caught in a flat open field or your feel your hail standing on end, crouch down and cover your head with your hands. That way, only your feet will touch the ground.
- Move away from motorcycles, scooters, golf carts, bicycles, tractors, and other metal farm equipment. Avoid wire fences, clothes lines, metal pipes, drains, railroad tracks, and other metallic objects.
- Avoid lone trees and the tallest trees. If caught in the woods, pick a small grove of trees as your shelter, and stand at least 5 feet from the trunk of the nearest tree to avoid flying bark if the tree is struck.
- Avoid standing in a small isolated shed or other small ungrounded structure in other areas.
- If in a group of people in an open area, spread out before you kneel down.
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