What should I do when lightning is striking near me?

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  • Squat or sit in a tight body position on insulating material such as a sleeping pad or a life jacket.
  • Take off any metal-framed packs and toss hiking poles away from the group.
  • Do not lie down; instead, try to make as little contact with the ground as possible.
  • If you feel your hair stand on end or your skin get tingly, cover your ears with your hands, close your eyes, and get your head close to your knees.
  • Avoid squatting or sitting close to other people. Maintain a minimum distance of at least 15 feet between people. Keep everyone in sight if possible.

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