It is very natural to feel that lightning cannot do anything to you, but yet it is essential to take reasonable caution to stay safe as lightning can go to the extent of killing a human. The easiest way to stay safe is to stay at a place where lightning does strike. It is challenging to identify the location. So the best way to stay protected is to stay indoors and concentrate on your safety. There is a favorite word spread during thunderstorms being “ Avoid Standing near the tree.” This is very apt, but the saying would have been perfect had it been “Do not stay outdoors during the storm.”
Here are ways one can ensure maximum protection during thunderstorms:
Staying Indoors: This may sound silly, but this is the safest measure to protect oneself during storms. When lightning strikes, it takes the most convenient and comfortable paths to the ground such as wiring, plumbing, telephone lines, etc. So the building and its occupants are quite safe. However to ensure maximum safety you can stop the usage of all wired devices, keeping yourself away from pipes and showers, avoiding to stand near patio slabs, basement, and other ground current areas, staying away from walls where wirings travel. Only a few structures are capable of handing lightning.
Cars: when no shelters are available, the next best alternative is running to the car. All you need to do is to close the windows without touching the metallic frames. All wired devices in the car have to be disconnected. A strike in your car would only result in striking on the structure of the vehicle.
The lightning injuries most common to happen in the car is the flat type scenario.
Outdoor Safety: Lightning is a huge event to bother about the objects used. So distancing yourself from the metal objects does not mean that you are safe. So if you are outside, you should avoid standing near tall isolated trees, flagpoles and posts
Lightning warning signs: Few alerts will enable you to identify that lightning is about to occur, they are:
Raindrops and Hails: When Fat raindrops arise, you can be sure that a thunderstorm is about to occur, towering cloud indicates a soon to happen lightening. Watch for these signs to get safe.
When you hear a clap of thunder or see a spark, you are sure to listen to the next one, therefore run for safety before the next strike.
Lightning detector alarms: There are detectors available in the market which make a sound as soon as the lightning is about to occur. Therefore it is good to buy the lightning detector to get to safety as soon as the alarm rings.
Static on Radios: Unique crackling sounds occur when the lightning is about to happen. Therefore as soon as you hear the distinct noises in the radio, you can see outside to confirm the lightning and thunderstorm that’s about to happen anytime.
The typical injuries that happen due to lightning strike are:
Burns, vision loss, Damage to the nervous system, bone, muscle or ligament injuries, chronic headaches, severe pain and much more.
To avoid these, it is better to take the precautions mentioned above.