Lightning safety tips for inside the home

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WTNH– While you think the safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside your home, there is still a risk of getting electrocuted if proper precautions aren’t taken.

There are three main ways that lightening can enter your home:

1. A Direct Strike

2. Through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure

3. Through the Ground

Here are some tips to stay safe from

  • Seek proper shelter. Small open shelters that do not contain plumbing or wiring throughout, or some other mechanism for grounding from the roof to ground is not safe.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Phone use is the leading cause of indoor lightning injuries in the United States. Lightning can travel long distances in both phone and electrical wires, particularly in rural areas.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do it well before the storm arrives.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches, these can provide the path for a direct strike to enter a home.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Go in your basement, generally they are a safe place to go during thunderstorms.
  • Remember your pets. Dog houses are not lightning-safe. Dogs that are chained to trees or chained to wire runners can easily fall victim to a lightning strike.

Keep checking weather alerts and go to for thunderstorm updates and information.


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