Lightning is a serious hazard during thunderstorms. Take these special precautions if you are threatened by lightning:

  • When a thunderstorm threatens, get inside a home, large building or vehicle.
  • Inside a building, avoid using a telephone, except for emergencies.

If outside with no time to reach a safe building or automobile, follow these rules:

  • Do not stand underneath a natural lightning rod such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid being above the surrounding landscape: as you would do if you were standing on a hilltop, in an open field, or on the river in a boat.
  • Get out of and away from open water.
  • Get way from tractors and metal farm equipment.
  • Get off of and away from motorcycles, bicycles and golf carts. Put down golf clubs.