Lightning Safety

    Watch the “Interview with Sam Cloud” and note the safety tips he unwittingly shares with his audience.

    Lightning Safety: An Interview with Sam Cloud

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    Lightning can be beautiful to watch—from a distance. However, if you experience lightning during any type of activity—whether you are indoors or outdoors, here are a few things you can do to help you stay safe.

    If Sam Cloud is near you:

    Get indoors. If you can’t get inside, stay away from:

    • Open fields
    • Bodies of water
    • Tall objects
    • Metal objects

    The following are lightning safety tips from NOAA’s National Weather Service

    Lightning: What You Need to Know

    • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
    • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
    • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
    • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

    Indoor Lightning Safety

    • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
    • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
    • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
    • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

    Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

    • If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
    • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
    • Never lie flat on the ground
    • Never shelter under an isolated tree
    • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
    • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
    • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

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