When thunder roars, go indoors…
That’s what all storm safety warnings will tell you – get indoors into a safe and sturdy structure.
Being inside a house or building during a lightning and thunderstorm is safe IF you avoid using objects that conduct electricity. So, turn off your computer (and unplug it to keep it protected from lightning strikes or power surges), stay off corded telephones, don’t use electrical appliances and avoid wires and television cables.
Remember, sheds and covered porches are not safe buildings. Nor are tents! You need to be in something sturdy.
Stay away from windows and screen doors. Storms with high winds can blow objects through the windows and screen doors are not protective. Also, avoid contact with metal doors or window frames as they are conductors as well.
Believe it or not, even plumbing isn’t safe during a thunderstorm as water pipes conduct electricity! So don’t hop in the shower or bathtub during a storm. Best not to wash dishes or use other plumbing either.
When you think the storm has passed, wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve heard the last thunder clap before heading back outdoors. Better to be a bit more patient than take the chance that the storm is still active.
For more information on storm safety, visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml