The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is launching a lightning awareness campaign, seeking to help people avoid being struck.
Some of their safety tips include:
_If a thunderstorm threatens, go quickly inside a completely enclosed building, not a carport, open garage or covered patio. If no enclosed building is convenient, get inside a hard-topped all-metal vehicle.
_Do not take shelter under a tree.
_Avoid being the tallest object in the area. If only isolated trees are nearby, crouch on the balls of your feet in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.
_Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
_Get out of the water ... off the beach and out of small boats or canoes. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hardware. Avoid standing in puddles of water, even if wearing rubber boots.
_Stay away from wire fences, metal clothes lines, exposed sheds and electrically conductive objects. Do not use metal objects like golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools.
_Do not use corded phones.
_Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives.
_Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes.
_Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
_Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.