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Lightning Safety
In 2001 there were 18 injuries and one death due to lightning in Georgia.
In 2002, there were least 2 people killed and 7 injured.
  • If you're outside, get inside a building or vehicle. If you can hear thunder, you are already at risk.
  • Inside a home, don't use telephones or other electrical equipment unless in an emergency.
  • Do NOT stand beneath a tall isolated tree, or an open area. If necessary go to a low place such as a ravine or valley.
  • Avoid open water, as well as tractors, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts and especially golf clubs. Cars, trucks and other enclosed vehicles are generally safe if you avoid contact with metal surfaces.
  • In a forest seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.
  • If you are in an isolated area and you feel your hair stand on end, this indicates that lightning is about to strike. Drop to your knees and roll forward onto the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees and tuck your head down. Do NOT lie flat on the ground.

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