How to stay safe during lightning storms

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — Yesterday, one man died after being struck by lightning on Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park, and 3 others were injured.

22News is working for you with safety tips for when you find yourself outdoors during a lightning storm.

Most people know that when there is lightning, they shouldn’t be outside. But if you are caught outside during a lightning storm, there are a few tips you should know to keep yourself safe.

When there is lightning and you are outside, the most important thing to do is to seek shelter in a sturdy place, such as a building or a car. You will be safe if you are inside the car and not in contact with the metal outside.

Do not seek shelter under a tree or near tall objects. Lightning will search for the tallest point in an area to strike at, and if you are in that area you will be in danger. With that in mind, you don’t want to be the tallest point in an area, so do not go to an open field or park.

Also, it is important to stay away from anything that conducts electricity like fences or power lines.

Finally do not be near any bodies of water.

The most important thing you need to do when there is a lightning storm is to get inside of a sturdy shelter, like a building or a car. But when you are finally inside, you still need to be cautious of how lightning can affect you when you are indoors.

When you are inside, stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that you could be in direct contact with. Be sure to unplug those corded devices too that could be short circuited. Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid plumbing, so this means do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash dishes. The National Weather Service also advises that you stay away from windows and doors. If you have dogs, bring them inside. Dog houses outside are not safe places for your pets to be hiding.

If you plan on going back outside, be sure to wait for half an hour after you hear the last rumble of thunder.

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