Flashes of Summer: Lightning Safety Tips

lightning over a city
Summer is here, meaning it’s time to plan barbecues, summer vacations, and trips to the beach. But before you jump in your car and head off to Lake Michigan or Superior, take a minute to review these important tips on lightning safety. We understand it’s unlikely you’ll be in real danger of a lightning strike, but understanding what to do during a severe thunderstorm could make all the difference.

Here’s a video on lightning safety from the National Weather Service.

Lightning Safety Tips

Keep these safety tips in mind while you’re enjoying your Summer vacation.

General Lightning Facts and Tips

  1. No place outside is completely safe when lightning is in the area. If you hear thunder, lightning is also in your area.
  2. Find shelter immediately; a building with good electricity and plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows rolled up.
  3. DO NOT  leave a building or vehicle until 30 minutes past the last lightning strike.

Last Resort Tips

If you don’t have access to a building or a car…

  • Immediately retreat from elevated areas, such as hills, mountains, and peaks
  • Never lay flat on the ground
  • Don’t take cover under trees, as lightning could strike the tree and then fall on you.
  • Stay away from energy conducting material, such as metal fences, barbed wire, and power lines
  • Immediately remove yourself from lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water

Lightning Myths & Facts

Some crazy things have been said about lightning. I’m sure you’ve done your homework and are aware of misinformation, but a reminder is good.


The rubber soles of your shoes and tire will protect you from being struck by lightning.


Rubber provides no protection from lightning. It is the metal of a vehicle that provides protection when you’re in a car and NOT touching any metal. You may still be injured, but you’re far better off inside a vehicle than outside.


A person struck by lightning carries an electrical charge with them and should not be touched.


Lightning-strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to as quickly as possible.

Lightning Fast Service

Kelmann has experience restoring lightning-struck homes and businesses in and around the Milwaukee area. As lightning often results in fire damage, we’ll expertly assess your situation and then go about cleaning up and restoring your property as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’ll also work closely with your insurance provider for hassle-free work. You can count on Kelmann for your lightning-damaged property restoration. Give us a call any time, day or night, at 414-774-3799.

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