Electrical Storms & Lightning Safety

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

If you see lightning or hear thunder, it's time to activate your emergency plan. Don't have one yet? Keep reading! Lightning often comes before the rain, so don't wait for the rain to start before stopping outdoor activities.

Caught Outside?

  • Stay away from water, high ground, and open spaces.
  • Avoid metal objects like wires, fences, machinery, and power tools.
  • Unsafe places include under canopies, small shelters, or near trees.
  • If possible, find shelter in a solid building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle like a car, truck, or van with windows closed.

Lightning Strikes Nearby?

  • Crouch down, put your feet together, and cover your ears to reduce thunder's impact on your hearing.
  • Keep a distance of at least 15 feet from others.
  • Wait for 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before resuming activities.
  • If someone is injured, remember they don't carry an electrical charge. Call 911 or ask for help immediately. If you're qualified, apply First Aid or CPR to a lightning victim.