Stay away from windows and doors that might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning, and stay off porches. As National Lightning Safety Week continues, the focus today turns toward lightning safety indoors. There are three main ways lightning enters homes and buildings and that is as a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure, and through the ground.
Shelters that do not contain plumbing or wiring throughout or some other mechanism for grounding are not safe. There are three main ways lightning enters structures: a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure, and through the ground. Protect your property: Lightning generates electric surges that can damage electronic equipment some distance from the actual strike.


Regardless of the method of entrance, once in a structure, the lightning surge can travel through the electrical outlets, phone, plumbing, radio and television reception systems. In addition to a direct strike, lightning generates electrical surges that can damage electronic equipment some distance from the actual strike. That is why it is very important to avoid contact with these conductors when lightning is occurring.
If you plan to be away from your home when thunderstorms are possible, be sure to unplug unneeded equipment before you leave to prevent lightning sparked fires. Thursday's discussion during this National Lightning Safety Week will focus on medical issues as a result of lightning strikes.
Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.


Small, wood, vinyl, or metal sheds provide no protection from lightning and should be avoided during thunderstorms. Many small, open shelters on athletic fields, golf courses, roadside picnic areas, school yards, and elsewhere are designed to protect people from rain and sun, but not lightning.



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