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What is the best thing to do in an electrical storm?

  1. backporchstories profile image81
    backporchstoriesposted 5 years ago

    What is the best thing to do in an electrical storm?

  2. songoftruth profile image75
    songoftruthposted 5 years ago

    Stay indoors or in a car, turn off electrical appliances that could get damaged, eg.  computer, TV and such, don't talk on the phone or take a bath or wash dishes.

    1. backporchstories profile image81
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I understand that not only should we turn electrical appliances off but unplug them.  I lost a tv that way before.

  3. Nateerrr profile image74
    Nateerrrposted 5 years ago

    Definitely don't huddle under a tree if you are caught outdoors. Find a nice, flat, low area with no high-rising structures nearby if you cannot make it indoors. The reason not to get near trees or other similar objects is that they can act like lightning rods and draw it right to you if you're under or near them.

  4. internpete profile image91
    internpeteposted 5 years ago

    I like to go golfing with some big drivers, or see if I can't get on top of the tallest structure around me...Just kidding!

    I think its best to just get inside.

  5. meow48 profile image73
    meow48posted 5 years ago

    what ever you do, don't be the tallest thing around.  a few years back a bolt of lightning hit the football field while a team was practicing at the local highschool.  miraculously, no one was too damaged but it did knock those players off their feet.  A few had their hair standing on end from the electricity...

  6. shea duane profile image60
    shea duaneposted 5 years ago

    I had a deal with my son... when ever there was an electrical storm, we had to snuggle on the couch under a blanket in the dark. He's 13 now so those days are probably over... but they were fun while they lasted. 8-)

  7. edhan profile image61
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    Secure yourself on a rubber mat where it helps to insulate. Avoid handling any electrical appliances but if you really need to do so, make sure you are wearing shoes or standing on rubber mat.

    This will help you to prevent yourself from getting electrical shock.

  8. nancynurse profile image78
    nancynurseposted 5 years ago

    Go inside.  You do not want to be outside in the open space especially on water where the lightening is looking for a spot to strike.

  9. MrMaranatha profile image81
    MrMaranathaposted 5 years ago

    Benjamin Franklin went out to fly a Kite...  :-)

    You could tell the kids scary stories...

    You could Sit on a Hill in a car and watch the  storm on the far side of the valley as the lightning flashes between the clouds and streaks to the ground.

    1. MrMaranatha profile image81
      MrMaranathaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Go Dancing...

  10. Johnathan L Groom profile image33
    Johnathan L Groomposted 5 years ago

    i am not sure, but i would think you'd avoid using computers+other electronics!

  11. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    Unplugging appliances and electronics is important if you hope to keep them in good working order. Staying away from water and staying off phones and other devices is also important. It's a good time to take a nap, play a game, or simply relax.

  12. profile image0
    screamingposted 5 years ago

    If swimming or out on a boat, seek shelter on the mainland.

  13. anam hasib profile image60
    anam hasibposted 5 years ago

    well get inside a metal structure..like a vehicle or something.That surely protects you as it conducts all the electric charge to the Earth keeping you harmless.Talking about thunder lightning,if it rains and lightning falls on you,again nothing will happen because of the conducting nature of rain water.

  14. ahmed.b profile image78
    ahmed.bposted 5 years ago

    Lightening is psychologically horrifying phenomenon and I have heard somewhere that if you are struck in a lightening storm there are 1 in 3000 chances for each lightening tohit you or a location very close to you. So you have to be careful about it. First remember that this a sign Almighty Creator's power and just a small representation of His authority and all-powerfulness for us to think and believe.
    The best thing is to seek help and forgiveness from Almighty Allah humbly and try following options after prayer.
    1.Seek a large, enclosed building whenever possible.
    2.The subsequent best option is a car with a hard top. Stay in and remain the windows up. It is the metal shield of the car that protects you, not the rubber tires.
    3.If you are already  indoor, stay at least a few feet away from open windows, electrical items and outlets, and plumbing such as sinks and showers. Lightning can flow through these items and "jump" to a person.
    4. Never shower or bathe during a thunder storm.
    5.Use a mobile or cordless phone instead of a land line. If lightning hits telephone lines, it can flow all the way through the line to the telephone.
    6.If you are outside and cannot get inside, do not stand under a tree! Try to find a low spot away from any metal fences, pipes, trees, or tall objects.
    7.If you are swimming or boating and you hear distant rumbles, or see flashes of lightning, get to land as soon as possible.
    8.If you are in a boat and cannot get to shore, stay in the middle of the boat, or below, if possible.
    9.If your skin begins to tingle or your hair stands up, a lightning strike may be imminent. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Do not put your hands on the ground. Do not lie down! You want to keep points of contact between yourself and the ground to a minimum.
    10.When someone is struck by lightning, he or she should get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if a person who was struck appears dead, he or she can often be revived with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    11.Once the electric charge has gone through one person, there is no residual effect that can be passed along to another person. Immediate injuries can include burns, wounds, nerve damage and fractures.

  15. m0rd0r profile image73
    m0rd0rposted 5 years ago

    I often stay at home with a camera on the tripod, trying to capture some lightning bolt or simply searching for breathtaking clouds to shoot.