Lightning Safety

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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike.

For outdoor safety:

- If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building or a hard-topped 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, doors and porches.

- Places with only overhead protection like sports fields, golf courses, picnic areas and sheds are not safe during a lightning storm.

- If someone is struck by lightning call 911 and get medical help right away.

For indoor safety:

- Turn off computers.

- Stay off corded phones.

- Don’t come into direct contact with plumbing.

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

For questions and concerns, please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 325-654-3539.