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In Colorado, lightning is the #1 life threatening weather hazard. Colorado ranks 11th for lightning deaths in the United States.
Lightning Safety Tips:
- If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the ground in a crouched position, hands on knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.
- Avoid being the highest object in any area.
- Avoid hilltops, trees or telephone poles.
- In a forest, move under a growth of small trees.
- Stay away from water during a thunderstorm, as water conducts electricity.
- Get off or away from open water and metal equipment (golf cars, tractors, bicycles).
- Drop golf clubs and remove golf shoes.
- Keep several yards away from other people-in open areas.
- Go to a low place like a ravine or valley. -Stay indoors and away from windows during a storm.
- Inside a home, avoid using the phone and unplug unnecessary appliances.
- Watch for flash flooding.
- Many people apparently "killed" by lightning can be revived if quick action is taken.
- Learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR. First aid given should be given to those not breathing within a few minutes.
- If you're affected by a lightning strike, see a physician immediately.
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