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How to Survive Getting Struck by Lightning

How to Survive Getting Struck by Lightning

Of all the things you have to worry about every day, getting struck by lightning probably doesn’t even make the top 50. And while it’s true that it’s unlikely to happen to you, you should always be prepared… as it’s a lot more likely than you’d expect.

The Art of Manliness created a helpful infographic to explain how to maximize your chances of survival should you find yourself struck by lightning:

But you’ll also need to know how you can prepare pre-lightning strike. According to the Art of Manliness:

Use the 30/30 Rule: If, after seeing lightning, you can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder, get inside a building or car. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder…

If you’re caught outdoors and see signs that a lightning strike is imminent (your hair stands on end, your skin tingles, you hear a buzzing, clicking, hissing, or cracking sound, or see metal objects emitting a soft, blue-white glow) or you simply think you’re in danger, immediately assume the position above to increase your chances of surviving, should the lightning strike you directly, or close to you.

And, as you learned in school, it’s best to stay as low as possible and take cover under a dense growth of not-too-high trees. Tall, isolated objects should be avoided.

Did you already know this information? Is lightning prominent where you live? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: The Art of Manliness via Digg

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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1:09PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

I pray I never have to use this information...

3:58AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Hope I never need to know how not to be struck...

3:56AM PDT on May 27, 2014


11:03PM PDT on May 25, 2014

I think the title's a bit off, but seems like reasonable advice for if you're caught outside with danger of being struck by lightening. (That would make too long of a title though!)
I've been in the Chiricahuas when we got out of the car and our hair stood on end, so we laughed at the funny appearance got back in. Our tent was flooded, so we went to the Motel 6. A jogger in our city got struck by lightening. People didn't believe them until they saw the fern-like marks across their chest….

2:28AM PDT on May 22, 2014

great, learned something new

6:43AM PDT on May 17, 2014


2:35PM PDT on May 16, 2014

And that poster looks suspiciously like "Put your head between your legs and kiss your a$$ goodbye"

2:32PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I was sitting under a glass and metal shelter in the plaza of the world's 4th tallest building (at the time) during a thunderstorm that soaked me through to the skin when I "saw the flash and felt the thunder" at exactly the same moment and then felt a jolt. Luckily I was only a small part of the ground path of the hit on what was then called the Amoco Building, now the Aon Center. But I was still damaged for quite a while.

10:08AM PDT on May 16, 2014


9:03AM PDT on May 16, 2014


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