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Stay Safe During a Lightning Storm

Thunder and lightning storms happen frequently during the summer months, so it’s important to know what you should do if a storm catches you by surprise.

As part of National Lightning Awareness Week, FEMA offers these tips for how to avoid injury during a lightning storm:

  • Avoid contact with corded phones.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands; do not take a shower; do not wash dishes; and do not do laundry.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

If you’re caught outside during a storm, stay away from tall trees or seek shelter in a car.

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