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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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Karen K.
Karen K.2 years ago

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….

Arlette King
Arlette King2 years ago

great, learned something new

Katuko O.
.2 years ago


Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

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

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

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.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson2 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago