10. Lying Flat on the Ground
If you are unable to get to a building, you may be tempted to lie flat on the ground, rather than standing tall in an open area. However, the CDC warns against lying flat on the ground since deadly electric currents can travel across the ground from as far as 100 feet away. Instead, the CDC advises crouching down low to make yourself smaller. Next, tuck your head down and place your hands over your ears. The goal is to be as low as possible without exposing a large section of your body to possible electrical currents traveling across the ground.
9. Congregating in a Large Group Outside
The phrase regarding safety in numbers does not apply if you are gathered outside during a thunderstorm. If you are outside in a large group when a storm hits, have members of your group separate. Breaking up a group minimizes the number of injuries that occur if lightning strikes. If you are able, crouch low and make your way to an enclosed building, vehicle, or structure. Furthermore, avoid leaning on concrete walls or lying on concrete floors or foundations. Concrete structures contain metal supports that may conduct electricity through the concrete and cause you injury.
8. Standing Near a Window
Once you are safely indoors, avoid standing near a window. The sight of a thunderstorm with its amazing light show, gusts of wind, and powerful downpour of water can be fascinating. However, standing near a window to take in the view puts you at risk of electrocution from the metal components of window frames and hardware. Stay well away from windows, doors, concrete walls, and concrete floors. Furthermore, refrain from stepping outside onto a porch or patio. The National Weather Service states that when you are able to hear thunder, lightning is within striking distance.