Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Avoiding Lightning Strikes

lightningYou know how they say there’s a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery?

Well, there’s a pretty slim chance of even that happening—under 30 deaths are due to lightning each year.

But what you should know is that most of those tragedies take place during leisure activities: fishing, camping and golfing, to name a few.

That’s why it pays to be extra cautious in summer time. If you’re out on the water, be aware that salt water is a better conductor for electricity than fresh water.

And lightening can strike from as far away as 10 miles. So if you hear thunder, even if the storm seems like it’s off in the distance, it’s time to turn around and get to dry land.

Campers and golfers are also at risk because lightning is likely to strike the tallest object…that means it’s crucial to seek shelter, but not under a tree.

And don’t assume that if the rain has stopped the storm is over. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before heading back outside.

For more information, visit the Natural Disasters archives.

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