How to protect yourself from lightning? – 2nd part

How to protect yourself from lightning? – 2nd part
4 April, 2023

Did you know that being indoors does NOT automatically protect you from lightning? Shelters such as houses, apartment buildings, offices and shopping centers are considered safe during a storm, but there is still minimal risk. In fact, about 1/3 of lightning injuries occur indoors. The reasons are varied – from an old and non-working earthing and lightning protection system, to leaving windows open during a storm.

Wondering how you can protect yourself? At the front of the article, we shared what you can do while you're out and about. Today we're going to continue the theme and help you reduce your risk indoors.

How to protect yourself from lightning? – 2nd part

What measures should you take to protect yourself from lightning indoors?

Remember - if you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Here the 30/30 safety rule can also work for you. It states that you must stay indoors for 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder or see the light of the last flash.

Specialists recommend you:

  • Avoid contact with water during a storm. This includes normal daily activities - taking a shower, relaxing in the bath or washing the dishes. Water is a good conductor and lightning can easily pass through the plumbing and reach you.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment of any kind. Yes, it may sound terrible, but it could save your life. This includes devices such as computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, kettles, coffee makers and more. Lightning can travel through the electrical system and cause serious equipment damage or personal injury.
  • Switch off all appliances connected to the electrical supply and remove their plugs from the sockets.
  • If you still have corded phones, DO NOT use them during a storm. They are NOT safe because lightning can go through the cable and strike you. This makes cordless or cellular phones safe.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls. Metal rebar in concrete is a very good conductor of electricity.
  • Close all windows and balcony doors.
  • Stay away from window panes. Do not touch or lean on them. They can provide a direct path for lightning to travel.
  • Do not go out on the balconies or, if you do, do not touch metal objects or things you have left there. They can attract lightning to you.

How to protect yourself from lightning? – 2nd part

Precautions when traveling.

There is a possibility that the storm will catch up with you while you are traveling. In either case, you can be in a car and be able to stop it and find shelter until it's over.

In other cases, you may travel by public transport - train or bus and its movement does not depend entirely on you. Therefore, it is good to:

  • Stand as far away from the vehicle windows as possible. Don't touch and feel them while it's thundering outside.
  • If the windows are open, close them as quickly and carefully as possible.
  • Do not lean on the metal parts - the walls and the floor.
  • If possible, raise your feet above the floor if it is metal.
  • Don't use your phone while driving. If possible, turn it off and store it safely in your bag.
  • Stay in the vehicle! Do not go outside until the storm has passed or you have arrived in a place that can protect you.
  • Do not park near trees, power lines, or tall structures that may attract lightning.

We hope this information has given you some guidance on what to do during a storm. Remember that if you have a quality and well-installed lightning protection, you will be better protected at home.

We at Blitz Guard will help you with that! Contact us on phone: 0885919404.

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