If you hear thunder then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Keep on monitoring local media for updates and warning instructions.
Stay indoors and avoid travel if possible.
Close windows and doors, and secure objects outside the home (eg. patio furniture, bins, etc.)
Ensure that children and animals are inside.
Unplug unnecessary electrical appliances (to isolate them from the main power supply which
may conduct a power surge during a lightning storm)
Remove rotten tea timber or any other debris that may cause a flying hazard
Avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any purpose. This is because lightning can
travel along pipes. Keep away from doors, windows, fire places, stoves, bath-tubs, or any other
electrical charge conductors.
Avoid using corded phones and other electrical equipment (mobile or cordless phones are safe)
If on foot
Go to safe shelter immediately – avoid metal structures and or constructions with metal
Ideally find shelter in a low lying area and make sure that the spot chosen is not likely to flood.
Crouch down with feet together and head down to make yourself a smaller target.
Hairs standing up on the back of your neck could indicate that a lightning is imminent.
Do not lie flat on the ground; this will make a bigger target. Keep away from all utility lines
(phone, power, etc., metal fences, trees, and hill tops).
Do not take shelter under trees as these conduct electricity.
Rubber-soled shoes and car tires do not offer protection from lightning.
Get off bicycles, motor-cycles or farm vehicles.
Get to a safe shelter.
If boating or swimming, get to land as quickly as possible and take shelter.
During a storm, remain in your vehicle until help arrives or the storm has passed. (The metal
roof will provide protection, if you are not touching metal inside; windows should be up; park
away from trees and power lines.
If there is a tornado involved in a storm, evacuate the vehicle and seek shelter.
IMPORTANT: If at all possible get any individual who is struck by lightning to a proper
facility such as a hospital.
If possible give basic first aid.
People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
Check for broken bones, loss of hearing and eyesight.
A victim of lightning strike can suffer varying degrees of burning. Check the impact point and
where the electricity left the body.