The following is a list of some thunderstorm safety rules that
can be passed along to residents of... and visitors to... southern
If you plan to be outdoors... check the latest weather
information. If thunderstorms are in the forecast... you may want
to curtail outdoor activities.
If you are outdoors and hear thunder... you should immediately get
indoors into a substantial building... or get into any hard topped
vehicle. Lightning can strike several miles away from the storm...
where it is not raining and where you may be.
In Colorado... lightning can occur with thunderstorms that produce
little... if any... rain. Do not wait too long to take action.
Deadly lightning can occur with all thunderstorms. Wait
30 minutes until the last rumble of thunder before resuming
If you are caught outdoors during a lightning storm... and there
is no safe shelter nearby... there is not much you can do to
reduce your risk of being struck by lightning. The best thing to
do is find a low spot and stay away from trees. If you are in
the mountains and are above timberline... go to a lower area. If
you are below timberline... try to find an open area away from
trees. If you are in an area of dense trees... do your best to
stay away from the tallest trees.
If you are in a group... stay apart. If someone is struck...
others will be able to help the victim.
Remember... when thunder roars... go indoors.