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Lightning Safety

Lightning is a powerful and dangerous natural phenomenon that can cause serious injury or death. Here are some safety tips to help you stay safe during thunderstorms:

  1. Seek shelter indoors: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Seek shelter in a fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing, or a hard-topped vehicle with the windows closed.
  2. Avoid open spaces: Do not stand in open areas, under tall trees or near metal objects like fences, poles, or light posts during a thunderstorm.
  3. Wait it out: Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before going back outside.
  4. Unplug electronics: Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from power surges caused by lightning strikes.
  5. Stay low: If you are caught outside and cannot get indoors, crouch down low on the ground, with your feet close together, and cover your ears to reduce the risk of injury.
  6. Know the signs of lightning: If your hair stands on end, your skin tingles, or you hear a buzzing sound, it means that lightning is about to strike. Crouch down immediately and cover your ears.
  7. Follow workplace safety procedures: If you work outside, your employer should have a lightning safety policy in place. Follow these procedures to stay safe.

Remember, lightning can strike without warning and can be deadly. Take lightning safety seriously and take steps to protect yourself and others during thunderstorms.


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