Lightning Safety Rules
Did you know that lightning kills more Americans than tornadoes and hurricanes each year? On the average, six people die each year in Texas from lightning strikes. Being inside a building or even a car during a thunderstorm can decrease the chances of you being struck by lightning. Stay up to date on weather conditions when planning camping trips, swimming, fishing, golf or other outdoor activities. Should severe weather appear, tune to a local radio station for information.
That quick dash out in the open when a thunderstorm is in the area may unnecessarily expose you to the possibility of being struck. Is it worth the risk?
The 30/30 Rule for Lightning Safety
This rule for lightning safety could save your life. The first '30' means that you need to take cover if you hear thunder within 30 seconds of the lightning flash (flash to bang ratio). Then wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or thunder to resume normal activity.