How can I prevent being struck by lightning during a lightning storm?

In a lightning storm, reach safety by following these guidelines:

  • Move downhill.
  • Do not stay in a meadow or any other wide-open space.
  • Seek uniform cover, such as low rolling hills or trees of about the same size. If you are boating or swimming, get to land and move away from the shore.
  • Avoid all of the following:
    • Metal
    • Anything connected to electrical power
    • High places and high objects such as tall trees
    • Open places
    • Damp, shallow caves and tunnels
    • Overhangs
    • Flood zones
    • Places obviously struck by lightning in the past
    • Long conductors, such as fences

Continue Learning about First Aid For Natural Exposure

Prevent Heat Stroke: Don't Get Overheated!
Prevent Heat Stroke: Don't Get Overheated!
"Body Heat" sizzled with the passions of actors Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, but when the summer sun cranks up its power, you need to be on the o...
Read More
Football Players, Heat Stroke and You
Football Players, Heat Stroke and You
Last year, five high school football players died from heat stroke. Shocked? You should be. After all, heat stroke is entirely preventable. Yet this w...
Read More
How should I care for someone with hypothermia?
American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross
To care for hypothermia: Start by caring for life-threatening conditions. Make the person comfor...
More Answers
How do I give first aid for heat exhaustion?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Start by getting the person out of the heat—into air conditioning, if possible, or at least into sha...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.