Online Originals: Lightning safety

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A tragic lightning strike in South Carolina left one dead and six others injured in on the Fourth of July.

Here are some tips to stay safe during a thunderstorm, according to the Center for Disease Control.

  • The rule of thumb is when thunder roars…go indoors.
  • Also, remember the 30-30 rule. If you see lightning, count to 30. If thunder roars before you get to 30, go inside. Stay indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If you don’t have access to shelter, crouch low to the ground with as little of your body touching the ground as possible.
  • Do not take shelter under trees.

Even if you are indoors, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are protected. About one-third of lightning strike injuries occur indoors.

If you are indoors:

  • Avoid water as lightning can travel through plumbing
  • Avoid electronic equipment
  • Avoid concrete walls and floors. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

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