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.
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