· When a thunderstorm threatens, go inside immediately for protection. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
· Stay indoors, stay away from windows, water, sinks, faucets. Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones ONLY if an emergency.
· If in a car, stay inside unless the car is a soft-top and keep the windows up. Rubber soled shoes or rubber tires on a car provides NO protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching the metal. You are safer inside a vehicle than outside.
· If outdoors, stay away from any object that could act as a natural lightning rod, such as a tree or an open area. Stay clear of open fields, open water or small isolated sheds. If you are on a field, crouch low to the ground; do not lie flat on the ground. Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles and make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
· Stay away from fences or other metal objects. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity.
· If caught outdoors and you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground.