Updated lightning safety tip sheet reaches wider audience

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NFPA’s revised lightning safety tip sheet has clear, concise messaging to appeal to wider audiences about the dangers of lightning. Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time, but lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer.  As the National Weather Service commemorates Lightning Safety Awareness Week , keep safety measures in mind.

    • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.

    • Do not go under trees for shelter.

    • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.

    • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.

    • There is no safe place outside.

    • If a person is struck by lightning, call 911. Get medical help right away.


You can review additional lightning safety information and all of NFPA’s safety tips sheets on the website.

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