Lightning Safety Outdoors
The capricious nature of thunderstorms cannot guarantee you absolute protection from a lightning strike, however, being aware of, and following proven lightning safety guidelines can reduce the risk of injury or death.
Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your personal safety and you have the right to take appropriate action when threatened by lightning.
Welcome to the OUTDOOR LIGHTNING SAFETY section of the Colorado Lightning Resource Page. This document has 2 primary sections. Section 1 discusses lightning safety outdoors when a safe location is nearby. Section 2 of this document discusses lightning safety outdoors when a safe location is not nearby.
No place is absolutely safe from lightning. However, some places are much safer than others.
Before discussing lightning safety outdoors, we need to define what a safe location is. The safest location to be in during lightning activity is:
while the second safest location to be in is:
You want to be able to reach one of these locations if you are outside and lightning begins to occur.
Not all types of buildings or vehicles are safe during lightning activity. Click on the links below for examples of unsafe building to be under during lightning activity, and unsafe vehicles to be in during lightning activity: