With our wonky summer forecasts, rain is often been on the plate at least five days a week. But as the storms progress from mediocre to worse, its good to know how to keep ourselves safe.In the US, about 200 people die each year from being struck by lightning. This brief, although intense, strike sends 10 million+ volts throughout the body. 30% of cases are fatal, and survivors often endure significant complications, such as a rupture of the tympanic membrane in the ear and cataracts.
The three kinds of strikes
A side strike: when lightning jumps from its initial point of contact to the victim.
A contact strike: when lightning hits an object the person is holding or wearing, such as an umbrella.
A step potential: when a current traveling through the ground goes up your leg, travels through you and then goes down the other leg and back into the ground.
How to stay safe
- Seek cover
- Stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunder
- Avoid contact with corded phones and electrical equipment or cords; water (such as washing hands, showering, doing dishes and laundry); stay away from windows, doors, porches, and don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
- If you’re outside, crouch down and touch as little of the ground as possible