According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year is only around 1 in 500,000. However, some factors could put you at higher risk. While the safest place to be is indoors during a lightning storm, there are some hazards that you should still be aware of. Here are some precautions to take while waiting out the storm inside your home.
Contrary to popular belief, avoiding water during a thunderstorm is not an old wives tale. If your house is struck by lighting, it can go through your plumbing. Save your showers, dishwashing, and other chores that require you to use your plumbing system for when the storm has passed over.
Avoid Concrete Floors and Walls
Concrete is typically reinforced with steel and is an electrical conductor. So, avoid making contact with areas of your home that has concrete, such as the basement.
Turn off the TV and Radio
Lighting can travel through your electrical system. If you must stay informed during a lightning storm, use a battery operated radio, or use a smartphone that is not plugged into its charger. If you’ve lost power, using a standby generator can keep you and your family safe and your home still running.
Remain Indoors for at Least Thirty Minutes Post-Storm
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Even though the storm has seemingly passed, lighting can strike for as far as 10 miles away from rainfall. Waiting at least 30 minutes before heading outside is a good safety precaution to take.