Friday, July 21, 2006

Lightning strikes

You don't have to be the tallest object in an area or be in the middle of a massive storm to get hit by lightning. Following lightning strikes that injured at least five this week in Colorado and killed a Woodland Park teenager, warnings are worth repeating.

What to do when you can see lightning strikes? Generally, you'll be safe if you get inside a building or enclosed vehicle. Stay away from lone, tall trees and metal objects.

Stay away from ridgelines and get below treeline during storms. If you find yourself stuck above treeline, crouch down with feet together and hug your knees. Place your hands over your ears and don't allow other parts of your body to touch the ground.

Need more info? Scroll down to the photo of a lightning bolt for links to more facts and safety tips.

No comments: