Atmospheric Physics Research
neither the authors of this web page nor the University of Mississippi
can guarantee that the information given below will provide complete protection.
The most common activities associated with lightning strike accidents involving people are:
1. Working or
playing in open or semi-open areas.
2. Boating, fishing, or swimming.
3. Operating farm machinery or road-making equipment.
4. Seeking shelter under trees.
5. Talking on the telephone inside a structure.
6. Using electrical appliances.
2. If you see nearby lightning flashes
or if there are less than about 15 seconds between when you see a flash
and when you hear its thunder,
GO INSIDE THE NEAREST BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!
3. If the hair on your head or neck
begins to stand on end,
CROUCH DOWN IMMEDIATELY AND
SQUAT ON THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET!
4. If no nearby shelter is available,
FIND THE LOWEST POSSIBLE SPOT THAT
YOU CAN READILY GET TO AND
CROUCH DOWN THERE UNTIL THE DANGER PASSES!
DO NOT LIE DOWN!
DO NOT STAND UNDER OR NEAR A TREE!
1. Check breathing
and pulse, because lightning often causes these to stop.
2. Treat victims that are not breathing FIRST.
3. Perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, if needed.
4. Apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if needed.
Some useful links on lightning safety:
of Physics and Astronomy> <Physics
and Astronomy Buildings & History> <Ole
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