Lightning is a severe weather event which can strike at any time.

Lightning is a severe weather event which can strike at any time. Thunderstorms do contain lightning, which is unpredictable and always dangerous. Many lightning casualties occur because people involved in outside activities do not seek shelter soon enough. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Wait 30 minutes after the last rumble before going outdoors

Did you know that ….

  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • Lightning can strike 10 miles from the storm.
  • Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year.
  • Lightning kills an average of 49 people and injures hundreds more.
  • New York State ranks 28th in lightning related deaths of the 50 states.

Lightning Safety During A Thunderstorm:


  • Nowhere outdoors is safe from lightning. Seek shelter in an enclosed permanent building or a metal-topped vehicle.
  • Seek shelter the moment you hear the first rumble of thunder, and stay inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble.
  • Don’t lie flat on the ground because of electricity passing through it.
  • Get off elevations like hills, ridges or peaks and avoid wide open areas.
  • Stay away from tall objects like isolated trees, power poles, or cell towers.
  • Stay far from bodies of water like pools and ponds.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity like fences, power lines, standing signs.


  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Don’t stand near doors and windows, and stay off porches.

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