When Lightning Strikes, be prepared

As many Floridians know, along with the summer sunshine and blue skies comes the occasional rainy days and thunderstorms. One thing we all know is lighting safety is crucial for people of all ages, and it can even save a life! Florida is the national leader in lightning strikes, with nearly three times as many as the next state, according to National Weather Service. Florida also suffers the most lighting-related deaths in the United States, with 449 since 1959, which is more than twice as many as the next closest state. With this in mind, it is very important for all of us to take all the necessary precautions to protect ourselves from lightning.

First things first: It is important to know no place is safe outdoors when lightning is present. If you can hear the sound of thunder, then you are within the striking range of lightning and you must immediately find shelter. Shelters may include a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. Never take cover underneath trees or rocky overhangs such as cliffs, as these will only increase the risk of being harmed by lightning. If for some reason you are unable to find shelter during a thunderstorm, remember to never lay flat on the ground, and stay away from elevated areas (hills, mountain ranges, peaks, etc.), bodies of water, and conductors of electricity such as barbed wire fencing. Finally, if you are indoors during a thunderstorm, remember to stay away from corded phones, computers, and other items with an electric source. Also, be sure to avoid plumbing, sinks, and baths and stay away from doors and windows. If you follow these simple steps, you will be on your way to a safe, fun-filled summer.

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