Lightning Safety

Spring is here and that means we are outdoors more. It also means that thunder and lightning storms will happen. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike!

  • If you can HEAR thunder you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building or in 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 lightening storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • IF a person is struck by lightning call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.


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

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