IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE:  

 

  • Seek shelter in a building, cave or depressed area. Remember that although lightning may appear to be far, it can travel a great distance in seconds.
  • Keep away from telephone and power lines, fences, trees and hilltops.
  • Do not ride bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, and tractors.
  • Do not use metal shovels, power tools, or golf clubs as they conduct electricity.
  • If swimming or boating, get back to shore and out of the water.
  • If you’re caught in the open, crouch down with your feet close together and your head down (the “leap-frog” position) – Don’t lie flat – by minimizing your contact with the ground, you reduce the risk of being electrocuted by a ground charge.

 

 

  IF YOU ARE IN A CLOSED AUTOMOBILE:  

 

  • Stop the Car and stay in it.
  • Don’t stop near trees or power lines that could fall on you.

 

 

  IF YOU ARE IN A BUILDING:  

 

  • Stay inside. Close windows and doors.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, fireplaces, radiators, stoves, metal pipes, sinks, bathtubs, telephones or other materials which conduct electricity.
  • Unplug radios and televisions. (Use a battery operated radio for obtaining Emergency information)
  • Have Emergency lighting prepared in case you lose electricity. Flashlights or a rechargeable battery operated lanterns are very useful and are safer than candles.