What safety rules should be followed during a thunderstorm?
If you find yourself in a thunderstorm, the government’s National Weather Service recommends following a few safety rules. First, get away from metal fences at ball fields. Drop metal objects such as golf clubs, and backpacks. Remember: metal is a very good electrical conductor, and you don’t want to attract lightning! Lightning may be ready to strike near you if you feel your hair stand on end or your skin tingle. Crouch down or drop to your knees, but do not lie flat on the ground. The safest place in a lightning storm is inside a sturdy structure—such as your home, school, or a local business. Get inside the building, but do not stand by open windows, doors, or patios during a storm. Experts also recommend unplugging unnecessary appliances and staying off the phone.