Get Indoors When Thunder Roars!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance 0754296

We have seen a weather pattern here in the State of Connecticut over the past few weeks that has brought us lots of stormy weather and some pretty heavy rainfalls. 

Lightning Safety Tips


Yesterday, we were hit by a severe thunderstorm that brought with it strong winds, heavy rains and lots of thunder and lightning.  These thunder and lightning storms can be very dangerous during this year's summer season whether you live in the inland portions of the state or along the shoreline.




More people are killed each year in the United States from lightning than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods with the month's of July and August seeing the great activity for thunderstorms.

To help reduce the risk of injury or death from a lightning storm there are simple precautions and safety guidelines you can follow.  The following tips are provided by the National Weather Service.


Top 9 Tips for Lightning Safety

1.  No Place Outside Is Safe Near Thunderstorms!

2.  Use The '30-30 Rule'!

  • If the time between lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, go to a safer location
  • If the lightning can't be seen, just hearing thunder means you should go to a safer location
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder before leaving the safer location

3.  The best safer location from lightning is a typical house, or other fully enclosed substantially constructed building with plumbing and wiring.

4.  You can be injured by lightning inside a house. Stay away from corded telephones, plumbing, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, metal doors or metal window frames, or any electrical conducting path leading outside. Don't watch lightning through a window or open doorway. An inside room is generally best.
 The second best safer location from lightning is a vehicle with a solid metal roof and metal sides.

  • But close the windows, and don't touch any conducting path leading outside
  • Convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open shelled outdoor recreational vehicles, and cars with plastic or fiberglass roofs and sides offer no lightning protection. A common lightning myth is that the rubber tires protect you in a car by insulating you from the ground.  Wrong: lightning laughs at 2 inches of rubber! It's the metal that protects you.

5.  The top activities for lightning casualties in the U.S. are:

  • Open fields and elevated places
  • Under trees (or other tall isolated object)
  • Water related activities (swimming, boating, fishing, etc.)
  • Golfing
  • Open vehicles (farm, construction, etc.)
  • Telephone
  • Radio and radio equipment

6.  Outdoor sports have the fastest rising lightning casualty rate! Coaches, referees, parents, and children PLEASE have a lightning safety plan!

7.  Open picnic pavilions and rain shelters offer absolutely no protection from lightning!

8.  When outside, appoint someone to be the lightning monitor. Their job is to use the '30-30 rule', weather radio, radio/TV, and observe the weather to tell the group when to seek proper shelter.

9.  Lightning First-Aid:

  • Call 911
  • Lightning deaths are from cardiac arrest/stopped breathing. Perform CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if possible.
  • Don't worry about touching a lightning victim. They cannot electrocute you!


Written and Posted by:

Donna Bigda - REALTOR®

RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT 06405

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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Great photo, you should come to Orlando next month when our storms pick up, we are the lighting capital of the world. The night sky lights up with a dazzling show.

Jun 27, 2009 10:43 AM #1
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Excellent reminders, and timely ones too.  This is the season and lightening can be deadly or debilitating.

Jun 27, 2009 10:53 AM #2
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

And if you're caught outside and get that tingly feeling, like on the golf course, head for a shelter, not under a tree.

Jun 27, 2009 11:16 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Donna, I know the tornados were headed right toward your area.  We had a severe thunderstorm and were on the road at the time....there was so much flooding, there was not even a place to pull over and get off the road.  Thank you for the suggestions, those storms are so scary!

Jun 27, 2009 11:45 AM #4
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

We do have lightening rules for all our sports teams.

This is an excellent reminder for folks, Donna.

Jun 27, 2009 12:26 PM #5
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

My husband is so conscious of thunder and lighting.  I guess it is a good thing - I have always thought he was just paranoid.

Jun 27, 2009 01:50 PM #6
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Donna, we get some very serious thunder storms up here, and I always think how 12 cows got hit right up the hill from me, all at once. Bam, that was that. And I have a dog who is just psychotic when there is a storm.

Great advice, and we are seeing more than we have in quite a while. I would love to get a picture of one of the storms, but then I would have to break the rules... so I guess that won't happen.

Jun 27, 2009 02:26 PM #7
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Donna..Great Photo. Remember to unplug your Computer, and TV, Power surges can do a lot of harm to your computer and other electrical equipment even if you have a surge protector.

Cheers, thanks for sharing you recommendation on safety during lighting storms :O)

Jun 27, 2009 05:42 PM #8
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Donna --- this is our season for thunder storms --- almost every evening ---this is great advice. Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 28, 2009 06:38 AM #9
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