How to protect yourself from lightning strikes

(WTNH)– With storms moving through the area, lightning strikes are a real concern. We’ve got your back tonight with what you need to know to protect yourself.

It’s important to remember lightning can strike almost anytime and just about anywhere. It can pack a charge up to 8 million times more powerful than a household outlet.

Experts say if you see any signs of lightning, avoid open fields and stay away from tall objects like isolated trees. But the safest thing to do is to go inside and stay off corded phones and away from TVs and computers.

“Don’t answer the phone, if there’s a land-line. Don’t fiddle with the lamp. Don’t connect yourself electrically with the outside world,” said Prof. Joseph Dwyer, University of New Hampshire.

Twenty-two people were killed by lightning so far this year compared to only fifteen at this time last year.

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