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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

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