DULUTH, MN– When thunderstorms are approaching, the safest place to be is inside a safe shelter, such as your home.
However, if you aren’t careful, you can still get struck by lightning when indoors.
According to the National Weather Service, there are three ways that lightning can enter a structure:
- A direct strike
- Through wiring or pipes which extended from outside the structure
- Through the ground
Lightning can travel through the electrical, phone, plumbing and radio or TV systems, and can also travel through anything metal in concrete walls or flooring.
Here are some things to consider when inside your home or safe shelter:
- Avoid using corded phones; cell phones and cordless phones are okay to use
- Avoid touching any electrical and plumbing equipment
- Stay away from exterior windows, and avoid using balconies, porches, out of open garages and car ports
- Avoid contact with concrete floors and walls
- Protect your pets by bringing them inside the home
- Protect your property as lightning can damage electronic equipment if an electric surge occurs. Typical surge protectors will not protect the equipment from a lightning strike.
- Don’t unplug equipment as you could be struck while doing so.