Of course, it’s a good idea to look at the weather forecast before heading off into the wilderness. But even then you can be surprised by storms. Here are a few tips for you to respond to thunderstorms and reduce the risk of lightning.
1. Look for shelters
If possible, always look for a shelter. These are usually equipped with lightning conductors and therefore offer the best protection against lightning and other hazards in case of bad weather.
2. Avoid trees
A lightning always seeks the highest point to strike. Trees come naturally to him. An old motto is “Eichen shalt thou shalt shal thou shalt search” – but unfortunately can only be unmasked as false. It does not matter what kind of lightning it is. For a strong wind, branches or even whole trees can break and pose an additional danger.
3. Make small – Keep distance to each other
If you can not seek protection, make it small. Crouch down and hold your legs as close together as possible. This reduces the risk of being hit by indirect lightning strikes. Do not lay on the ground – that would give the stream much opportunity to flow through the body. If you are traveling in a group, you should keep distance to each other and spread out in the area.
4. Hopping instead of walking
As you walk, your legs create a “line” that invites the flow through you. When jumping (legs together), however, you have only one starting point and also separates again and again from the ground.
5. Search earth hollows
Pit holes or hollows can provide protection against thunderstorms, as you reduce your own height. So crouch down and wait for the thunderstorm.
6. Mobile phone, walking stick or bike away
Of course, everything metallic does conduct electricity better – so get away with it.
7. You’re safe in the car
Due to the nature of the car, one is safe in the car from a lightning strike. If it is parked in the immediate vicinity, it is worthwhile to seek protection there.
Finally some conversation. The American forestry worker Roy C. Sullivan was struck seven times during his life by lightning and was literally followed by thunderstorms. He did not die from a flash. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_C._Sullivan
We hope that with these tips we have helped you to be prepared for the next thunderstorm.