The simplest step in lightning safety is to avoid thunderstorms in the first place. Storms can pop up suddenly during summer, so it’s a good idea to check <a href=”http://www.mnn.com/weather” target=”_hplink”>weather forecasts</a> often before going out (as well as while you’re out, via a smartphone, radio or other portable device). Be especially wary of hitting the water in boats or jet skis when bad weather is brewing, since a storm might explode before you can get back to land. If you don’t have access to weather reports, keep an eye on the horizon for any tall, dark storm clouds with an anvil or cauliflower shape.
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