LightningEach year, more than 1,000 people around the world are killed by lightning strikes. But what most don’t realize is that you don’t need to be directly under a storm to be in danger.

Lightning bolts can extend for 16 kilometres from the very active leading or trailing edges of a storm, meaning the blue sky above you is no safety blanket. To protect yourself, employ basic lightning safety measures anytime thunderstorms are in the vicinity.

  • Avoid prominent ridges.

  • If you are boating, get to shore as quickly as you can.

  • Set up camp away from tall trees and exposed places.

  • Take shelter in an area of small trees.

  • Assume the lightning position: crouch on the balls of your feet, preferably on a sleeping pad.

  • If in a group, spread out in a straight line at least 15 feet apart to reduce the chances of a lightning strike jumping from one person to the next.