|Lightning over Denton, Texas. June 11, 2012. Photograph by Mike Mezeul, courtesy of Dallas Observer.|
Summer is the peak season for fresh fruit, waterslides, barbecues . . . and lightning-related deaths and injuries.
Although people do get struck by lightning year-round, summertime is the best time to familiarize yourself with information about lightning from the National Weather Service, including the following:
* No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
* If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).
Indoor Safety Tips
* Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment.
* Avoid plumbing (including sinks, bathtubs and faucets.)
* Stay away from porches, windows and doors.
* Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
Outdoor Safety Tips
No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options, take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
* Come down from elevated areas.
* Never lie flat on the ground.
* Never shelter under an isolated tree.
* Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
* Immediately get out of--and away from--ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
* Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
Read some interesting myths and facts about lightning from the National Weather Service.
From everyone with the TWU Libraries, a safe and happy summer to all.