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Posted on: July 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Habits to Help You Stay Safe from Lightning

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Thunderstorms are common during the summer months in our part of Virginia. All thunderstorms produce lightning, and lightning can be dangerous. But the Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers recommendations on staying safe during thunderstorms.

Lightning can travel up to 15 miles in any direction. After a thunderstorm passes, stay indoors at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

The National Weather Service issues thunderstorm watches and warnings. Watches indicate that there is possibility of a thunderstorm in your area. Warnings mean that a thunderstorm is occurring or will likely happen soon. You should take shelter immediately in the event of a thunderstorm warning.

Take shelter in a sturdy and enclosed building. If no shelter is nearby, you can get in your car, but avoid touching any metal surfaces.

If you are outside and there is no shelter to take, go to the lowest place around you and make yourself as small of a target as you can. Don’t lie flat on the ground.

If you are inside during a thunderstorm, don’t shower or take a bath because plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity. Also, use a corded phone only if it needs to be used for an emergency.

Find more information about lightning safety at the website for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
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