(HealthDay News) -- When a thunderstorm develops, it's important to seek the nearest safe shelter to be out of harm's way.
The American Red Cross advises:
- Stay on top of local weather emergencies by using a weather radio or watching the local news.
- If you're planning an outdoor event and thunderstorms are predicted, postpone the event.
- If there is a severe thunderstorm warning, find safe shelter inside a car with windows closed or inside a secure building. But avoid mobile homes, if possible.
- If you can hear thunder, go inside until at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
- Do not use corded telephones or electrical equipment, or sinks, showers or bathtubs. Keep doors and windows closed, and stay away from them.
- When a thunderstorm hits and you are on the road, pull over in a safe spot.
- If you are outdoors, stay away from areas of water or metal, high ground and tall trees.
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