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Jul 14, 2014 8:05 PM by Leah Kraus

Lightning safety tips from the experts

In the past few days, two people have been killed at Rocky Mountain National Park and several more injured due to lightning strikes.

The National Weather Service as well as the News 5 weather team wants you to keep a close eye out for the danger that thunder and lightning can produce.

Jennifer Stark, a meteorologist with NOAA says you should head indoors whenever you hear or see lightning,
but you also need to be careful inside. That means staying away from appliances and plumbing.

"There are times when you can have lightning strikes outside the house and it can travel through electrical line wires or electrical metal piping into the house," she says.

If you're on the water and hear lightning you should move to dry ground immediately.

A good way to keep it simple is to watch out for your height and the height of others.

"You really don't want to be the tallest object or underneath the tallest object," says Stark. "That means trees, poles, light posts -- you want to move away from those objects."

The National Weather Service says if you are struck by lightning or you see someone struck you should call 911 immediately so that they can get the medical
attention they need.

 

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