Lightning strikes down more people than tornadoes, snowstorms and hurricanes and remains a top offender in storm-related deaths. According to Environment Canada, nine to 10 people are killed and 92 to 164 are severely injured by lightning in Canada each year. And if you’re a guy, the stats don’t point in your favour. NASA says you’re four times more likely to be struck. So here’s how to avoid this 27,760°C bolt and survive a lightning storm.
5 tips to survive a lightning storm
1 Get off the water
Head to shore as soon as you see a flash of lightning or hear a rumble of thunder.
2 Stay low
Avoid being the tallest thing around. Stay away from tall trees, hilltops, cliffs, open water and caves. Find a level spot of terrain.
3 Assume the position
4 Avoid metal
Remove any jewellery and stay away from metal objects—this is not the time to be fiddling with aluminum tent poles.
5 Keep your distance
If you’re in a group, spread out—it’s your best chance of survival.
Know what to do when lightning strikes. | Feature photo: Raychel Sanner/Unsplash