How to Survive a Lightning Strike
The best thing to do is to stay away from lightning. Unfortunately, people struck by lightning die or have permanent damage. However, if you’re caught out in a lightning storm, what should you do?
What can you do to avoid a lightning strike?
- If you see lightning start counting. If you can’t count to 30 before you hear thunder, or if your hair stands on end, seek shelter.
- Best thing to do is to get inside a well constructed building, not just a shed or flimsy shelter.
- Get in a vehicle and roll up the windows.
- Since lightning strikes the tallest object, in a forest get in a low area under a dense stand of small trees.
- If you’re in the open, go to the lowest area.
- If you’re on water, get to land.
Can You Apply It?
With the links below, learn more about lightning strikes. Then answer the following questions.
- Why is lightning more likely to strike things that are taller than other things around them?
- Why does lightning strike metal?
- Why is getting in your car with the windows up a good idea (as long as your car has a hard top)?
- If your hair is standing on end, and you can’t go inside a building or car, what should you do?
- If you are in an open field some distance from a metal electrical tower, how safe do you think you would be?