Lightning Strikes HouseAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, summer is the peak time of the year for lightning strikes and lightning fires.  Here are a few tips to minimize your risk during lightning storms:

  • Monitor weather conditions and have a plan before weather becomes worse.
  • Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunders roars, go indoors.” Find a safe enclosed shelter (home, office, shopping center or hard-top vehicle) when you hear thunder.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, concrete walls or flooring, and open structures such as porches, convertibles, golf carts, ect.
  • Crouch close to the ground with your hands over your ears and your head between your knees if you are caught in open land.
  • ALWAYS remember to call 9-1-1 and get medical care immediately if you or anyone else is stuck by lightning.


  • Avoid contact with corded phones.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry.

For more safety tips on lightning, visit any of the following sites:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention:  Lightning: Lightning Safety Tips
NFPA:  Lightning Facts & Figures
NFPA:  Lightning Safety Tips
NFPA:  Lightning Safety (downloadable flyer)