When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
The lightning safety community reminds you that there is little you can do to substantially reduce your risk if you are outside in a
thunderstorm. The only completely safe action is to get inside a safe building or vehicle.
A safe building is one that is fully enclosed with a roof, walls and floor, and has plumbing or wiring. Examples include a home, school,
church, hotel, office building or shopping center. Once inside, stay away from showers, sinks, bath tubs, and electronic equipment such
as TVs, radios, corded telephones and computers.
Unsafe buildings include car ports, open garages, covered patios, picnic shelters, beach pavilions, golf shelters, tents of any kinds,
baseball dugouts, sheds and greenhouses.
A safe vehicle is any fully enclosed metal-topped vehicle such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, truck, etc. While inside a safe vehicle,
do not use electronic devices such as radio communications during a thunderstorm. If you drive into a thunderstorm, slow down and use
extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area. Do not leave the vehicle during a thunderstorm.
Unsafe vehicles include convertibles, golf carts, riding mowers, open cab construction equipment and boats without cabins.
Bolts from the Blue
A lightning flash can travel horizontally many miles away from the thunderstorm and then strike the ground. These types of lightning
flashes are called "Bolts from the Blue" because they seem to come out of a clear blue sky. While blue sky may exist overhead (or in part
of the sky overhead) a thunderstorm is always located 5 to 10 miles (and sometimes even farther) away. Although these flashes are rare,
they have caused fatalities.
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