Boating is a fun way to spend summers in Indiana. However, while you enjoy your time on the water, it’s important to know how to stay safe from lightning strikes.
What should you do when you hear thunder?
Hearing a sudden burst of thunder means that a lightning strike isn’t too far behind. Whenever you’re outdoors and thunder roars, it’s important to get indoors as soon as possible. If you’re out boating, you should get to shore immediately. Never go for a boat ride when a storm is expected.
It’s imperative to seek shelter and stay inside for at least 30 minutes until after you’ve heard the last bit of thunder. Lightning can be dangerous even if it’s far away. A lightning strike can travel from many miles away and reach you.
If you are unable to get to shelter while on a boat and a storm hits, get out of and move away from the water. Avoid any high areas such as hills, trees and very open areas where lightning could strike. Also, never try to shelter in open structures like gazebos.
If you’re near your car, you can get inside and shelter as long as it’s away from trees and power lines. Make sure the windows are rolled up.
What could happen if a person is struck by lightning?
Although some people die after being struck by lightning, around 90% of people who get struck survive. However, there are certain effects that a person can suffer. Some have minor pain that lasts only minutes while others suffer more serious effects like seizures, headaches, memory problems, confusion, muscle aches, dizziness and even cardiac arrest.
Being struck by lightning could affect a person’s vision and hearing. Cataracts could develop and eardrums can burst as a result.
A lightning strike could be deadly. It’s important to call for help immediately if you see someone get struck.