Lightning Safety Rules

When a thunderstorm threatens, get inside a home or large building, or inside an all-metal, not convertible, vehicle.

Inside a home, avoid using the telephone except for emergencies.

If outside, with no time to reach a safe building or an automobile, follow these rules,

Do not stand underneath a natural lightning rod such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.

Avoid projecting above the surrounding landscape, as you would do if you were standing on a hilltop, in an open field, on the beach, or fishing from a small boat.

Get out of and away from open water.

Get away from tractors and other metal farm equipment.

Get off of and away from motorcycles, scooters, golf carts, and bicycles.

Put down golf clubs.

Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes, rails , and other metallic paths which could carry lightning to you from some distance away.

Avoid standing in small isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.

In a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In open areas, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley.

Be alert for flash floods.

If you are hopelessly isolated in a level field or prairie and you feel your hair stand on end, indicating lightning is about to strike, drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground!!! is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.