Substantial, frequently inhabited buildings (those grounded with plumbing, electrical systems, and, if possible, lightning rods) are best. Get away from unprotected vehicles, such as golf carts, and unprotected structures, such as picnic shelters. Cover your ears and close your eyes to protect against nearby thunder and bright lightning flashes. If a thunderstorm is approaching, protect electronics and electric appliances by unplugging them in advance. Lightning can travel several feet through the ground, so distance yourself from tall, isolated objects.
Commercial lightning detection devices and weather warning services are available and should be considered for use by golf courses, parks, etc. Wearing portable electronics with headphones during a lightning storm can increase the likelihood of severe injury in the case of a strike - not only to the ears, but to anywhere on the body that the headphone cables lay against.
Lightning does not only happen during thunderstorms; it can also happen during volcanic eruptions. Over the past 30 years, lightning has killed an average of 67 people per year in the United States alone. While most people seek shelter if lightning appears to be near, people commonly wait too long to seek shelter.


Lightning strikes tall objects, and if the tree you are standing under is struck, you may be struck as well or injured by the tree. Do not unplug any devices during a lightning storm, as the strike could be transferred to you. If you absolutely cannot reach shelter during a lightning storm, do everything you can to minimize your risk. If you are fishing or swimming, get out of the water immediately, and move away from the body of water. Squat down with your feet together, your head tucked to your chest or between your knees, and your hands covering your ears or flat against your knees. However, by making it easier for a lightning strike to flow over your body rather than through vital organs, you may be able to sustain a smaller injury from it.
If lightning is about to strike you or strike near you, your hair may stand on end, or you may feel a tingling in your skin. If you are in an area that you expect will see lightning storms, know where safe shelters are.
If you live in a lightning-prone area, installing a lightning rod can help protect your family and your property.
Because lightning strikes can cause cardiac arrest, aggressive resuscitation may be necessary.


People struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge, so you can immediately touch them and begin treatment. These structures will attract lightning and provide no protection, making them more dangerous to be around. If you can anticipate lightning before the first strike, you can avoid being caught in a bad situation.
Also avoid touching metal as lightning travels around metal and touching it will make it travel to you. Be careful not to lean against any metal -- if you do, the lightning will be conducted into your body if it strikes the car. Listen to the local weather forecast, and pay special attention to thunderstorm advisories.
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