Here are some tips for lightning safety at the beach:
Check the forecast: Before heading to the beach, check the local weather forecast for any potential thunderstorms. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, consider postponing or canceling your beach plans.
Seek shelter: If you hear thunder or see lightning, seek shelter immediately. Do not wait for the storm to reach you.
Stay low: If you can’t find a building or other sturdy structure to take shelter in, stay low to the ground, away from tall objects like trees, light poles, and umbrellas.
Avoid metal objects: Metal objects such as beach chairs, umbrellas, and metal jewelry can conduct electricity, so avoid them during a thunderstorm.
Stay away from water: Water is a conductor of electricity, so stay away from it during a thunderstorm.
Be aware of the warning signals: Be aware of the warning signals that indicate a potential lightning strike, such as darkening clouds, thunder, and lightning.
Be prepared: Bring a portable radio or phone with you to the beach so you can stay informed about weather conditions, and have a plan in case a thunderstorm hits.
Follow the lifeguard’s instructions: If a thunderstorm hits while you are at the beach, follow the lifeguard’s instructions. They are trained to keep you safe in such situations.
Wait 30 minutes after the last thunder: Once the storm has passed, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap before leaving the shelter.
By following these safety tips, you can reduce your risk of being struck by lightning while at the beach. Remember to always be aware of the weather conditions and take appropriate actions to keep yourself and others safe.