Indoor Lightning SafetyMay 19, 2016
When lightning lights up a sky during a storm, the safest choice is to go indoors. While indoors, follow these tips to avoid being struck by lightning:
- Avoid water - Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
- Avoid electronic equipment - Do NOT use your computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.
- Avoid corded phones - Corded phones are NOT safe to use during a thunderstorm. Do NOT use them. However, it is safe to use cordless or cellular phones during a storm.
- Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete - Do NOT lie on concrete floors during a thunderstorm. Also, avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Content taken from the Center for Disease Control website: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/lightning/safetytips.asp.