When lightning nears, the best defense is to go indoors, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although your home is safer shelter, you can still be at risk of a lightning-related injury. In fact, one-third of lightning strike injuries occur indoors.
To stay safe, the CDC urges:
- Avoid tap water.
- Avoid electronic equipment.
- Avoid corded phones.
- Avoid windows, doors, porches and concrete.
If you are unable to seek shelter, crouch close to the ground in a ball-like position. Do not lie down, the agency warns.