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Staying Lightning-Safe if You Get Caught Outdoors | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are hoping to boost your storm safety, it is important to consider how you can best be safe from lightning. Lightning is an extremely dangerous element of storms, and every thunderstorm has the ability to produce lightning that strikes toward earth—meaning every storm has the potential for an injurious or fatal lightning strike.

Ideally, the best place to be in the event of severe weather is in a secure building, such as your home, a store or a parking garage. Unfortunately, this is not always a possibility, and it is important to know what to do in case it is not.

Being aware of what the safest shelter option is can help you make a quick decision if you find yourself in danger, so we will review some key options below.

How to Stay Lightning-Safe if You Are Caught Outdoors

Move to a car if possible. While it is not as safe as a building, being in a vehicle is safer than being outdoors in the event of severe weather. If possible, park the car under an overpass with the windows rolled up, and avoid using electronics or touching any metal surfaces within the car.

Avoid being near tall objects. Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in any given area, which means trees, light poles and electrical towers are all common targets outdoors. If you are trapped outside, avoid standing near these types of objects so you are not near a potential danger zone. If you are in a group of people, make sure to spread out by about 20 feet to make yourself a smaller target.

Crouch down in a low-lying area. If you are in an open space with no viable shelter around, move to the most low-lying area and make yourself as small as possible. Crouch down and balance on the balls of your feet so you are in contact with the ground as little as possible, preferably in a ditch, near a cliff face or in some other type of sheltered spot that is not wide out in the open.

If you discover that a storm has damaged your home, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us at any hour to learn more about our restoration process or to report damage.

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