Lightning is caused by the buildup of positive and negative charges within a storm. Lightning is essentially a giant spark; however it is very deadly and can reach temperatures of up to 10,000°F (that’s hotter than the surface of the sun). Some basic tips to protect yourself from lightning follow:

  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging.  Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.

lightning formation diagram