Safety Tips

Lightning Safety

By May 15, 2014August 24th, 2023No Comments

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)