. If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your outdoor trip or activity.
. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
. If you are caught in an open area, act quickly to find adequate shelter.
. Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
. Never lie flat on the ground. Crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears so that you are down low with minimal contact with 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 barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills).
. If you are in a group during a thunderstorm, separate from each other. This will reduce the number of injuries if lightning strikes the ground.
. If you are out in the open water and a storm rolls in, return to shore immediately.
. Avoid open vehicles such as convertibles, motorcycles, and golf carts.
. Avoid open structures such as porches, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and sports arenas. These structures won’t protect you from lightning.
. Stay away from open spaces such as golf courses, parks, playgrounds, ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and beaches. Seek shelter immediately.
. Stay away from tall structures, such as telephone poles and trees; lightning tends to strike the tallest object around.
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