Staying Safe and Sound When Lightning and Thunderstorm Strikes ~ Kwentology

Kwento of Protection from Lightning

How to Stay Safe in a Lightning

I know for sure that we don't want to get struck be lightning. So I'm giving few tips to avoid it. Lightning is a nature's fireworks. This awesome force can heat the air to temperature of 18,000°F to 60,000°F. That's hotter than the surface of the sun. The heat makes the air expand and vibrate until it produces a booming thunderclap. Every thunderstorm contains lightning, but lightning can hit you even if the storm is 10 miles away and the sky above you is cloudless. That's what's known as a "bolt from the blue."

A lightning strike can cause a lot of damage. A single bolt holds up to one billion volts of electricity. Like fireworks, lightning should be viewed from a distance—and a safe place.

Before Thunder and Lightning Arrive

  • If you see lightning and hear thunder within 30 seconds, it means the storm is within six miles of you. Seek shelter.

  • If you see lightning in the upper clouds during thunderstorm, be careful. This kind of lightning can strike many miles away from the storm. Try to get indoors.

If You're Outside

  • Immediately get inside the building or hard-top automobile. If lightning strikes a car, the electricity will go harmless into the ground. Rubber tires and rubber-soled shoes won't protect you from lightning.

  • Don't stand near trees or other tall objects in an open area.

  • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill, or the beach. If you're in a boat, get to land right away and seek shelter.

  • Don't go into a shed or small structure in open areas like an athletic field or park.

  • Don't stand next to or touch anything metal, such as a car, bicycle, or lamppost.

  • If you are swimming, get out of the water immediately. Water is a good conductor of electricity.

  • In an open area or anywhere else, if your hair stands up, it could mean that conditions are right for lightning strike. Scrunch down into a ball so you make as a little contact as possible with the ground. Don't lie flat on the ground.

If You're Inside

  • Do not shower, bathe, or use a landline phone during thunderstorm. A cellphone is safe to use.

  • Unplug all electrical appliances, including TVs and computers. Turn off air conditioners. Lightning can cause power surges, which can damage equipment.

  • Don't touch anything that conducts electricity and leads to outside such as window frames and pipes.

  • Stay indoor for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunderclap.

Kwentologist Short Story...

Some people believe that lightning can't strike the same place twice, but it often does, especially to tall buildings and monuments.
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