Safety During An Electrical Storm

Posted on July 7, 2012

Electrical Storms can pose danger, especially if you are caught outside when one hits. But, there are quite a few things you can do to protect yourself and your family, including your pets. The following are some frequently asked questions about safety during an electrical storm from The Electrical Safety Foundation International.

I found the questions and the answers to be very valuable, and the answers especially practical and useful. We want you to be safe with electricity and here’s some help in that direction.


What should I do if I am caught outside during a lightning storm?

Move to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest available object, so get down low in a crouched position if you are in an exposed area.
Stay away from trees.

Avoid metal. Don’t hold onto metal items like bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, or tools. Stay away from metal sheds, clotheslines, poles, and fences.

Stay away from water, including pools, lakes, puddles, and anything damp – like grass.

Don’t stand close to other people. Spread out.


Is there any sort of warning before lightning strikes?

Not necessarily, but sometimes. If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike. Do not lie down. Instead, crouch down, tuck your head, and cover your ears.


What should I do if I encounter a lightning storm while driving in my car?

Slow down and use extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area.


Am I safer in or out of my car?

Do not leave your vehicle during a thunderstorm. A vehicle is considered safe during a thunderstorm if it is fully enclosed with a metal top such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, truck, etc. While inside a safe vehicle do not use electronic devices, such as radio communications.


The storm is still raging outside. Are we safe from lightning if we stay inside the house?

Follow these indoor lightning safety tips to help keep your family safe inside while it’s storming outside:
To avoid lightning strikes, stay away from windows and doors.
If possible, unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives. Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords during storms.
Avoid contact with water and plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.


Can I talk on the telephone during an electrical storm?

Use corded telephones only for emergencies. You can use cordless or cellular phones.


I have an outside dog. Is it okay to leave him out there during a lightning storm?

Doghouses are not lightning-safe and chained animals can easily become victims of lightning strikes. You should bring your pets inside to protect them.


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