October 2, 2009, Newsletter Issue #397: Avoid Lightning

Tip of the Week

If you hear thunder, itīs time to get off the golf course, get out of the water, or bring the boat to shore. When thereīs 20 sec between flash and bang, the lightning is 4 miles away (5 sec/mi) and you should seek shelter.

If caught in the open in a lightning storm, stay away from solitary trees and poles, metal, including any you are wearing, water, and other people. Get to a ditch or low lying area and squat down until youīre sure the lightning is gone. Lightning likes to strike the highest thing around; donīt let it be you.

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