How to Avoid Being Hit By Lightning

Lightning strikes can kill. How to avoid being hit by lightning
With news that two people died from lightning strikes in two days at Rocky Mountain national park, it’s important to remember to take basic precautions when out hiking. Both deaths (a women on Friday and a man on Saturday) came when groups of hikers got caught outside hiking at a high altitude at the park, and thunderstorms quickly formed. Along with the two deaths, 10 others were also treated for lightning strike injuries at local hospitals.

Lightning strikes are one of those weather conditions many people don’t consider to be a deadly threat, but they’re actually a much more common way to die than many other weather-related phenomenon. According to the National Oceanic a


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6 Responses to How to Avoid Being Hit By Lightning

  1. Mike says:

    “Gonna show you why they call me li….”zzzt…

  2. westcoastdog says:

    A cave is a safe place in a thunderstorm, but if it is shallow cave, or an old mine with metallics nearby, it can be a deadly location during lightning. Three people were killed in Yosemite while crouching under an overhang.

  3. Dennis says:

    The article provides a certain amount of good advice but I’d like to see someone “… squat on one leg if possible, because the less contact you have between yourself and the ground…” That’s not helpful.

  4. michele3d says:

    Excellent article. Thanks, Jeffrey!

  5. You’re correct. I was trying to make a point, but gave a poor and unrealistic example in doing so. Rewritten.

  6. Michael says:

    I think in terms of the least worst place rather than looking for a good one if none is available. I get away from the highest thing around stay that distance for it. It is usually a tree after I have moved to the lowest ground I can get to. If the highest tree is 30 feet I try and get 30 feet from it on the horizontal.

    Reality is no one survives a direct hit. The most common is ground current.

    I have followed this for my whole life as I was hit at a county fair. I have still not come across anyone getting hit while in a pool or swimming in open water. Being half in the pool and half out is somewhat common.

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