Do's and Don'ts for Lightning Safety
- Go inside. Take shelter in a home, large building or
large metal frame building, all preferably protected with
a UL Master Labeled lightning protection system.
- Avoid areas where you will be the highest object. If
caught in an open field, and your hair begins to stand on
end (an indication that lightning is about to strike) drop
down and crouch with hands on knees, rocking up on the
balls of your feet. (The idea is to make as little contact
with the ground as possible.) Never lie down flat or
place your hands on the ground.
- Certain locations are extremely hazardous during thunderstorms.
Avoid lakes, beaches or open water, fishing
from a boat or dock, riding on golf carts, farm equipment,
motor cycles or bicycles. Take shelter in tunnels,
subways, even ditches or caves if necessary, never under
- If caught on high ground or in an open area, seek shelter
in a low area and stay away from trees. A small grove of
bushes or shrubs is preferable to lone trees.
- To avoid side flashes (voltage from a nearby struck
object) stay clear of fences or isolated trees. Keep away
from telephone poles, power lines, pipelines or other
electrically conductive objects.
- Stay off the telephone! In your home, don't stand near
open windows, doorways or metal piping. Stay away
from the TV, plumbing, sinks, tubs, radiators and stoves.
Avoid contact with small electric appliances such as
radios, toasters and hairdryers.
Is Your Property At Risk?
Does your computer have a phone line? Have you ever
lost data from your hard drive due to a power surge? Are
your phone lines and cable TV grounded?
Can your insurance fully compensate you for damaged
property, lost possessions, personal injury or lifestyle
inconvenience due to a fire or surge damage?
Do you currently have smoke alarms or a security
system in your house? Do these make you feel safer
and give you peace of mind?
Do you or someone in your household/business
know CPR in the event someone is struck by lightning?
Do lightning and thunder scare you or your family.
Does your pet sense the danger and hide during a
How fast can the Fire Department respond to an
emergency at your residence or business?
Are you certain that lightning hasn't already caused
damage to your property? (Orange County Utilities
in Florida recently learned that copper plumbing
pipes are routinely struck by lightning, which can
cause gradual pinhole damage.)