If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone trips and outdoor activities.
When you hear thunder, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter. If you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be hit by lightning.
You can be struck by lightning in a car, but you're safer inside a vehicle than outside. If you're in a car, keep the windows closed. Avoid open-topped vehicles like convertibles and golf carts. The steel frame of a car offers better protection if you're not touching metal. Rubber shoes and tires don't offer protection from strikes.
Avoid shelter under an isolated tree.
Stay away from concrete floors or walls. They often contain metal wires or bars, which can conduct electricity from a lightning strike.
Don't use a corded telephone, because it can conduct electricity as well. If you need to call someone, use a wireless handset or a cell phone.
Lightning can travel through plumbing, so stay away from sinks and faucets.
Avoid ponds, pools, lakes and other bodies of water.