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Chief’s Corner: When the thunder roars, go indoors

Mike Brown

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena — lightning.

Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike. Lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rain. Here are some outdoor safety tips:

If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-toped vehicle right away.

Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.

Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.

Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.

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There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.

If a person is struck by lightning, call 911. Get medical help right away.

Here are some indoor safety tips:

Turn off computers. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing.

You can use a cell or cordless phone.

Do not wash your hands, bathe or shower, do laundry or wash dishes.

Please visit http://www.nfpa.org/education for more information on lightning safety.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.