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Lightning Hazards and Safety

If you are close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning can strike with no warning - the first bolt could be the one that gets you.

Here are some tips to stay safe from lightning while spotting:

  • Stay in your vehicle whenever possible.
  • While in your vehicle, try to avoid contact with the steering wheel, radio, etc.
  • Do not lean on your vehicle.
  • Stay away from fences and power lines - they can carry lightning currents to you.
  • Avoid being close to the highest object.
  • If you are in the open, avoid being the highest object. Squat on the balls of your feet. This will reduce the amount of area that your body is in contact with the ground.
  • Take a CPR class.

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