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Tips to Stay Safe when Lightning Strikes

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An electricity expert said, don't be fooled by the blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat.

Erin Hollinshead, the Assistant Director of Energy Education Council said, "There is no safe place from lightning when you are outside. To be as safe as possible you must seek shelter indoors or in an enclosed metal topped vehicle when there is a thunderstorm in the area." 

Hollinshead added, lightning can strike ten miles ahead of the storm front. Just by looking up at the sky and not seeing clouds, that does not mean that you are in a safe location.

Safeelectricity.org reports, do not seek shelter under trees, canopies, picnic or rain shelters. Never stand near light, power or flag poles or even other people. Stay away from computers, TV sets, take off headsets and stop playing video games.

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