By Fire Prevention Office, 17th Training Wing
/ Published August 18, 2017
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.