NWS shares tips during Lightning Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service is educating people about lightning.

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week and weather experts encourage you to learn all you can about avoiding injury or death in a storm with lightning.

Officials say there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm and advise that if you are caught outside, stay away from tall objects and wide open areas so seek inside shelter which could be a hard-topped vehicle. The metal body and frame of the car conduct the current of the lightning around passengers, through the tires, and into the ground.

When you are in a sturdy enclosed structure, stay away from windows, plumbing, plugged-in appliances and balconies, porches, or open garages.

For more tips go to weather.gov.