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Florida Lightning Safety Tips

Florida Lightning Safety Tips


Florida is the Lightning Capital of the nation. If you're new to Florida, it can be scary during our storms. Here arFlorida Lightning Safety Tipse some tips to stay safe.

The National Weather Service advises us to:

Go to a safe shelter indoors (no, trees are not safe shelters) when a storm threatens. But once inside there are precautions you should take.

  • Avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, computers, plumbing, and stay away from windows and doors. Lightning can travel through any of these pathways.
  • And, wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder to go back outside.

If you're caught outdoors:

  • Get off elevated areas (hills, ridges, telephone poles)
  • Get off the golf course.
  • Don't shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Don't stand anyway near ponds, or lakes, or any body of water.
  • Stay away from metal fences, power lines, transformer boxes.


Lightning is so beautiful to watch but do it safely. National Weather Service Lightning Hints Click Here.


These safety tips brought to you by:

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Comment balloon 16 commentsToni Weidman • July 19 2014 06:44AM


Toni, these are great tips...this year, last month actually, when we had bad storms, I heard the biggest thunder and saw the most lightening I think ever!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 4 years ago

Kristin, we have lots of lightning related injuries which can be avoided if you think it out. They can be scary.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 4 years ago

Hello Toni,  Last week in the mountains of Colorado we lost 3 people to lightning above timberline.  It was a say weekend.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Will, I heard about it on the news. What a tragedy.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 4 years ago


These are all excellent tips, and I am looking forward to some rain, here.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago

Toni,  Lightning is very dangerous.  We have already had some deaths out here this summer up in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Poor tourist here to take in the beauty and this happens.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 4 years ago

Toni, this is so important. I knew of a father and son who were on Lake Michigan fishing and ignored the warning and the father was struck my lightning and passed away. Mother Nature does not play games.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

These are very good tips for all of us, regardless of where we live. 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Hi Toni.  Florida's summer electrical storms are quite dramatic -- and dangerous.  Storms like that are rare in the Carolinas, but whenever we get one with wild lighting and rolling thunder, it makes me homesick!  Stay safe.

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 4 years ago

Belinda, I heard about that. So sad.

Noah, that's terrible. I hope the son was okay.

Roy, yes they work anywhere.

Dianne - We really do have a wonderful show at night.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 4 years ago

Toni, That is a nice post whether you are in Florida or not!  Have a great day!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 4 years ago

All good advice.  I had a "brush" with lighening as a child.  I was headed inside when it struck a nearby tree, the surge traveled through the ground and when I touched the screen door handle it knocked me backwards off the steps.  You can bet I've been very careful since.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

I didn't know this about Florida Toni. Yes, this can be scary. Good tips to follow for all!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 4 years ago

Toni, Good tips. My son growing up would love to go outside and watch an electrical storm. It made me nervous but he at least stayed on the porch and not out in the rain.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Toni, this is a HUGE issue, and great tips for anyone hearing thunder and to be prepared for lightning.     We have had quite a few hit and killed by lightning lately.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 4 years ago

Hello Toni ... some great safety tips and your post has been featured to the group:


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Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 4 years ago

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