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KU-EHS August Safety Tip: Lightning Safety

Monday, August 2, 2021

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike!

Safety Tips:

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.

Indoor Safety

  • Turn off computers. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.
  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or wash dishes.

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Source: NFPA.org



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