Lightning Safety In Florida starts at home (or inside somewhere).
Florida is the Lightning Capital of the nation. If you’re new to Florida, it can be scary during our storms. Here are some tips to stay safe.
The National Weather Service advises us to:
- Go to a safe shelter indoors (no, trees are not safe shelters) when a storm threatens. But once inside there are precautions you should take.
- Avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, computers, plumbing, and stay away from windows and open doors. Lightning can travel through any of these pathways.
- And, wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder to go back outside.
Lightning Safety in Florida
If you’re caught outdoors:
- Get off elevated areas (hills, ridges, telephone poles)
- Get off the golf course.
- Don’t shelter under an isolated tree.
- Don’t stand anyway near ponds, or lakes, or any body of water.
- Stay away from metal fences, power lines, transformer boxes.
- Don’t put up an umbrella
Lightning in Florida is so beautiful to watch but do it safely. National Weather Service Lightning Hints Click Here.
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