Lessons in Lightning ~ Staying Safe During Storms

Elizabeth Smith

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Many areas across the United States experience lightning storms throughout the year. And although it is not high on the list of causes of death, it is still a danger to people and animals when one is not prepared and protected when caught outdoors during an electrical storm.

If you are in the great outdoors during a storm, it is imperative to remember that lightning strikes can reach out 10 miles from the center of the storm. The first step to safety is to find cover such as inside a sturdy building or beside a large rock or boulder. You should stay away from the high points of the area you are in, staying clear of stream beds and trees. If you are on horseback, it is recommended that you dismount, tie the horse to a bush (not a tree), and find a cover for yourself approximately 50 feet away. Get yourself comfortable in a crouch position with your head tucked down and your arms wrapped around your legs.

Lightning is a common killer of horses and cattle during Spring and Summer months. These four-legged animals are often killed when a lightning ground current radiates out from a struck object. The current moves through the animals body, thus destroying the vital organs in its’ path. Many horses are killed during barn fires. Installing lightning rods near barns, trees and troughs can help prevent death caused by lightening.

For your personal safety, it is ideal for you to find cover in a building or vehicle. If you are in a vehicle, be sure that nothing is touching the ground. Once the storm has receded for at least 15 minutes, it is safe to return to your normal activities.

Elizabeth Smith is the City Girl Gone Rustic Dame at That Country Charm . In addition, she is the owner of gift basket business, Crafty Gift Creations , and happy blogger at Topics, Tips and Tangents . And when that's not enough to keep her busy, Elizabeth is also Editorial Assistant of Promotions and Partnerships at ModernSage.com. A proud WAHM, gift professional, country dweller and virtual expert!


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