Children’s Introduction

Lightning is Beautiful!

Lightning bolts are nature’s very own magical fireworks. There’s no reason to be afraid of lightning if you understand how to be safe. By learning the simple rules of lightning safety, you will learn how to respect and appreciate this wonderful part of nature. And remember to share what you have learned about lightning safety with others.

Lightning likes tall things like trees and telephone poles. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, stay away from tall objects. Although you may want to run under a tree during a rain, this is a dangerous place to be. If lightning strikes the tree and you are under it, you could get hurt. If you are playing in a park, ask your coach or an adult where you should go during the storm. Some buildings have lightning protection systems, and they are the safest places to be. And remember, although umbrellas are great to use to keep off the rain, they should not be used during a lightning storm.

Lightning also likes water. That means you need to stay away from lakes and pools to keep safe during a storm. If you are swimming or on a boat and see storm clouds coming, get away from the water as quickly as possible. If lightning strikes the water, its electrical energy can spread through the water and hurt you.

There’s no monkeying around when it comes to lightning! Lightning is electricity. Just as it is dangerous for you to touch an electrical outlet or cord, you must keep yourself safe from lightning’s electricity too. Here are some things to remember when you see lightning or hear thunder . . .

  • Keep away from tall objects like trees
  • Keep away from pools and lakes
  • Don’t use an umbrella
  • Go indoors as quickly as possible
  • If you cannot go indoors, get inside a hard top car – not a convertible
  • When inside your home, stay away from TV’s, electrical appliances, bathtubs and sinks
  • Do not talk on the telephone or play on the computer
  • Never, never touch an electrical cord or outlet!

Being a Weather Watcher is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. When you see flashes of lightning or hear thunder . . .
  2. Go indoors—in a building or house or car (if you are not close to a building or house).
  3. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or clap of thunder before going outside again.