Wake Forest, NC— Lightning strikes kill 55 to 60 people every year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More than 400 people are hit by a bolt each year.
Follow these tips to stay safe during thunderstorms:
– Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. Because lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not a sign of safety. If you hear thunder, take cover.
– If possible, go indoors. Once indoors, stay away from windows and doors. Do not use corded telephones except for emergencies. Lightning can travel through your home’s wiring.
– If outdoors, go to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest object. Get down if you are in an exposed area. Stay away from trees.
– Avoid metal. Don’t hold metal items, including bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools. Avoid metal sheds, clothes lines, poles and fences.
– Also, water is a great conductor of electricity, so don’t take a bath or shower. If outdoors during a storm, stay away from pools, lakes, puddles and anything damp, such as wet poles or grass.
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