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Lightning Safety Week Is Underway-How To Stay Safe

Central New Yorkers have had their share of thunder and lightning lately.  Seems like every day we have rain, thunder and lightning.  Do you know how to stay safe when it’s lightning?  This week is Lightning Safety Week.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

These lightning safety tips are from the National Weather Service, which reminds you to “go indoors when thunder roars.”   Lightning kills.  So far this year, thirteen people have died from lightning.  Know what to do when there’s lightning where you are.

Inside is safe, not outside.  Nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.

When you’re able to hear thunder, that means lightning is close enough to strike you.

Once you hear thunder, move to a safe shelter inside.  If you’re in your car, roll the windows up.

After you hear the last clap of thunder, remain in safe shelter for at least another 30 minutes.

Avoid baths, faucets, sinks and any kind of plumbing.

Keep away from porches, windows and doors.

Don’t lie on concrete floors or against concrete walls.

Stay off computers, corded phones and electrical equipment which puts you in direct contact with electricity.

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