Explainer: How to keep safe and avoid being struck by lightning

Explainer: How to keep safe and avoid being struck by lightning

- Lightning is South Africa's most dangerous weather phenomenon, with more than 80 deaths annually

- Several people have been struck this season on the highveld alone

- Howver, there are several rules you can follow to stay safe in a storm

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It's thunderstorm season on the highveld and there have already been several deaths as a result of lightning strikes.

In fact, when it comes to South Africa's weather, lightning is more dangerous than heatwaves or snowstorms. It is reported that between 80 and 100 people are killed by lightning every year in the country.

However, experts have a number of tips for staying safe when a storm hits.

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1. Find shelter

First, and perhaps most important, is finding shelter. A building is the best option, but in a pinch a car will do as well. If you can't get indoors, however, there are still some measures you can take to reduce your chances of being struck.

Avoid hilltops or open fields. This is because lightning tends to hit the highest point in an area. Try to find a low-lying area, and do not lie down flat on the ground. 

2. Avoid bodies of water

Water conducts electricity, so if you are in a dam and some other part of is struck, you could shocked as well. 

3. Stay away from trees and tall objects

Taller objects are more likely to be struck, and if you are standing nearby you could be electrocuted as well. 

4. Keep away from metal objects

This includes things like fences and power lines. Metal is a strong conductor of electricity, making it more dangerous to be close to anything metallic.

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Keeping these tips in mind will help you to stay safe this storm season. Hopefully you've found these suggestions en-lightning!

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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