Lightning Safety Do's and Don'ts

Do’s and Don’ts
of Lightning Safety


  • Do crouch low to the ground with as little of your body touching the ground as possible if caught outside without shelter.

  • Do stay away from concrete floors or walls. Concrete often houses metal wires and bars that lightning can travel through.

  • Do avoid open areas. You want to avoid being the tallest object in the area.

  • Do spread out if with a group of people. This decreases the chance of multiple casualties.

  • Do pay attention to the weather. If able, head indoors when lightning seems imminent.

  • Do stay in a safe location for 30 minutes past the last rumble of thunder you can hear.


  • Don’t wash dishes or take a bath/shower. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity.

  • Don’t lie on the ground to avoid lightning. If lightning strikes nearby, you want as little of your body to come in contact with the ground current.

  • Don’t ignore thunder. If you can hear it, you are in danger. Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from a storms heavy rainfall.

  • Don’t use electrical equipment or corded phones during an electrical storm.

  • Don’t swim or participate in water sports during thunderstorms. Head inside until it is safe.