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Summer is the peak season for lightning-related deaths and injuries, though people are struck by lightning year-round.

General Tips

No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).

Indoor Safety Tips

Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment.
Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
Stay away from porches, windows, and doors.
Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.

Outdoor Safety Tips
No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options, take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:

Come down from elevated areas.
Never lie flat on the ground.
Never shelter under an isolated tree.
Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.




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