It’s impossible to control Mother Nature. That’s obvious. But when it comes to lightning protection within yourself, you can minimise or even prevent potential harm or even death. Your safety is our number 1 priority here at Orion Lightning Protection. So, we’ve compiled this simple guide on how to stay safe during 2 common thunderstorm scenarios:
How To Provide Personal Lightning Protection During A Thunderstorm
If You’re Inside
Being inside a building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm. If it has lightning protection, you can worry less about potential fires than if you were in a building without it. The most important thing to do once inside a building is to ensure all doors and windows are shut. Lightning can still enter the building through gaps and hit you.
After checking the windows and doors, it’s important to actually stay away from them. The metal frames conduct electricity and you definitely don’t want to be hit by any glass. Also, you should avoid any contact with electrical appliances, plumbing and even bare concrete.
If You’re Outside
If you can’t get inside a building, the second best option is to seek shelter inside your car. The body of a modern car is designed to actually attract electricity, then direct it around the outside of the car. That keeps you and anybody else inside the car, safe. You can actually watch a modern car being struck by lightning with a man inside by clicking HERE.
If you’re unable to get into a building or car, it is vital that you get to the lowest ground possible. Get away from hills and cliffsides and seek a low, open area. Avoid trees, large puddles, lakes, rivers and any collections of water.
Finally, you should make sure that as little of your body is touching the floor as possible. Ideally, you should crouch down as low as possible with your head between your legs.
Final Important Information
Thunderstorms are both exciting and dangerous. The advice above will help you to prevent potential harm during a storm, but what about afterwards? Lightning can actually travel up to 10 miles, so we strongly recommend waiting until at least half-an-hour after the last thunderclap. That’s a sufficient amount of distance between yourself and the storm. There’s no need to risk anything at this stage – More than 50% of lightning-related deaths actually occur after the storm passes.
Finally, if at any point you feel the hairs on your body stand up, it’s a sign that you’re probably about to be hit by lightning. If this happens, curl up into a ball, crouching on the balls of your feet with your head tucked between your legs. The only part of you touching the ground should be your feet.
The safest place of all is still a building with lightning protection. If your building is protected, you can sit back and enjoy the storm. Please leave a comment below if you enjoy a good thunderstorm!
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