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Outdoor Safety Precautions

 

According to the National Weather Service Lightning Safety homepage it is possible to minimize your risk of being struck by lightning while outdoors.  Many lightning related injuries occur during the summer months when people are outside the most and lightning strikes are most common.  It is important that anyone who is outside during a thunderstorm take the appropriate precautions in a timely manner.  When outdoors you can reduce your risk of being struck significantly by taking these steps.

 

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1.  Plan ahead.  Look at weather forecasts to see if there will be a threat of thunderstorms.  If so,  postpone or cancel outdoor activities so you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

2.  Monitor weather conditions.  Watch the sky for any signs of developing or approaching storms and leave time to get to a safe place.

3.  If the sky looks threatening or you hear thunder, immediately seek shelter inside a substantial building. Remain there for at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning is seen or the last thunder is heard.

4.  If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you should try and minimize your risk of being struck. Stay away from tall objects such as trees and poles.

5.  Also, try to make yourself as small a target as possible and minimize your contact with the ground.