When Thunder Roars
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Remember: No place outside is safe in a Thunderstorm!
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"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"
As soon as you hear thunder or see lightning, go inside a sturdy building. Once inside, keep away from pipes, electrical equipment and wires. Electricity can come inside if lightning strikes outside pipes or power lines. On days when you plan to be outside, watch the weather forecast, watch the sky for building dark clouds, and be prepared to move quickly indoors if thunderstorms come. If you are caught outside, avoid isolated trees, picnic shelters and covered bus stops. They offer no protection, and may actually increase your chances of being struck. Stay away from metal fences, flag poles and lamp posts. If no other shelter is nearby, get into a car with metal sides and roof, and roll the windows up.
"And stay there 'til the thunder's gone and half an hour besides"
After the storm is over, wait thirty minutes after the last flash of lightning or boom of thunder before going back outside. But be careful! Even before you hear thunder, lightning can strike, so always know the weather forecast, and watch the sky for possible developing thunderstorms. Sports coaches, golfers, scout leaders and campers should have a good lightning safety plan and use it when thunderstorms threaten.
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