During the storm, avoid using telephones, headphones, or electrical appliances since lightning can travel through the cables and cause shocks to anybody using them. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike to guarantee that the storm has passed. If you must go out during a thunderstorm, be sure to find an interior room of your home where you will be safe from any falling trees or other damage caused by wind gusts.
If you must use a phone in a storm, do so with the receiver off. This will prevent anyone listening to the line if they are struck by lightning.
People often think that because electricity is flowing into their house from a wire on a street lamp, that this must be safe. But all the power going into someone's house comes from one big wire called the "hot line". If this hot line gets damaged, then everyone else's power goes out too. So it's important not to touch anything attached to the hot line - even something as harmless looking as a garden hose.
The best thing to do if you hear a loud noise while listening to music from your phone/headset/earbuds is to stop immediately. There are several things that could cause such noises, including being hit by lightning.
During a storm, do not use cellphones, headphones, or electrical appliances; lightning can pass through the wires and cause shocks to anybody using them. During a lightning storm, do not bathe, shower, or do dishes since water is a conductor and charges can be transmitted via metal pipes.
If you are outside during a storm, seek safe shelter immediately. A building with an inside room large enough to provide protection from the wind and rain is called a "safe place". If there is no such place available, lie flat on your back with your legs spread out in front of you. Keep away from windows and other openings. Avoid using your phone during storms; instead, send messages later when it is safe to do so.
If you are caught outdoors during a thunderstorm, find a high-pointed object like a tree or a light pole and sit down with your back against it. Do not take cover under a vehicle because you might get hit by rolling objects such as tires. The best protection during a thunderstorm is awareness. If you feel uncomfortable, then leave the area for safer ground.
If lightning strikes the structure, the charge will be transported into the earth via pipes and wires, well away from the occupants. Wait until the storm has passed before re-entering your home to make sure there are no damaged cables.
During a lightning storm, the best place to be is inside a somewhat big, totally enclosed building (not a small shed or an open garage, for example). When the storm is over, go outside and enjoy your music again!
In case you are caught in the storm outside, do not try to find shelter under trees or high-rise buildings because these are the places where most people get hurt by falling objects. If you cannot stay inside, then the next best thing is a large, flat surface such as grass or a gravel driveway. Lie down with your head near the ground and cover yourself with your arms and legs. This will make you less of a target for lighting up strokes from above and will provide better protection against flying debris.
People often think that if they can see lightening, then it cannot be dangerous. This is not true at all! Lightening can strike without ever showing up on the cloud base or sky background. If you are outdoors and hearing thunder, but not seeing any lightning, do not worry; it may be far away or behind thick clouds.
Lightning can travel in many different directions, so keep this in mind when you are trying to locate its source.
Wait at least 30 minutes after seeing or hearing lightning to resume your activity. After a storm has gone, you are still at danger of getting hit by lightning. Do not return outdoors just because the rain has slowed or ceased. A storm could renew its activity at any time.
You should avoid walking outside during thunderstorms, but if you must go out, stay in the shelter of a building or use a ground anchor. If you are caught outside during a lightning storm you should try to find a place where you can lie down quickly. It is important to keep yourself as low-profile as possible when under threat from lightning. This means avoiding standing up and looking around, and keeping your arms by your side.
If you are going for a walk during or after a storm, make sure that you know your way back home safely. Check the weather forecast and pick a path that is well-known by you or your friends/family.
Finally, remember that if you see or hear thunder while away from home, you should assume that there's a warning for your location too. Return immediately even if the storm isn't close by. You don't want to be caught out in a lightning storm when trying to get home for dinner.
When there is a lightning storm, you are safer indoors than almost everywhere else outside, save a tent or tent-like building. The Faraday effect keeps you secure inside your house, RV, or automobile. If you are in any other type of shelter, take precautions not to be hit by falling trees, power lines, or anything else thrown up by the storm.
Here are some other suggestions for avoiding injury from lightning:
1. Stay away from areas known to be charged with negative energy such as underground voids (caves), trenches, or shelters built over active fault lines.
2. Avoid standing under trees during thunderstorms, especially large ones. Instead, find an open area away from the tree trunk.
3. Do not sit on the ground during a storm. Even if it appears to be dry, you can still get hurt if a wire, rock, or other object is lying beneath you when the storm hits. Sit in a chair or lie on a blanket so you do not have any skin contact with the ground.
4. If you are caught in a storm where you cannot leave the area, go into a room with a door that will keep light out and air in. Close and lock the door!