7. Making Calls on a Corded Phone

Corded Phone

While taking shelter from a storm, you may want to let family and friends know you are safe. If you need to make phone calls, avoid using a corded landline telephone to do so. Corded phones can conduct electricity in the event of a lightning strike. Instead, use a mobile phone or a cordless phone.

6. Using Household Appliances

Household Appliances

During a thunderstorm, a flash of lightning that strikes your home may cause electrical currents to travel through the wiring of your home. To stay safe, avoid using any electronic devices or appliances that are plugged into an electrical outlet. This includes televisions, computers, washers, dryers, stereos, ovens, and home theater equipment. Instead, you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to pass the time reading a book, playing a board game with family members, or telling stories.

5. Swimming

Swimming

When a thunderstorm arrives, get out of the swimming pool, away from the beach, or out of your hot tub. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, so if you are swimming when a storm hits, get out of the water quickly and into a safe, dry building. If you are at a water park, get yourself away from water sources and into a building.

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