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Safety Nugget Week of July 3 - Thunderstorms< Back to Blog

Jul 05, 2017
By: J. Redden
Categories: Safety



Last weekend, I hosted a family cookout.  While sitting outside and enjoying the afternoon, we watched as a thunderstorm started to blow in and then we all headed indoors to wait the storm out.

Being able to take shelter inside a substantial building is the best-case scenario for thunderstorms.  If you find yourself caught outside with no real shelter readily available, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers the following options which may reduce your lightning risk:

  • Never shelter under an isolated tree, tower or utility pole. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.
  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks.
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, including wires and fences.
  • Never lie flat on the ground.

FEMA also suggests that the best protection is to cancel or postpone outdoor activities when thunderstorms are in the forecast.  You can read additional information and be directed to additional resources from the following Summer Storm Safety article on the FEMA website.


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