If you run, cycle, exercise or play sports outside during the summer, it behooves you to know how to handle yourself in the event of a thunderstorm.

  • Go inside at the first sign of thunder or lightning. A large, solid structure is best. If no buildings are nearby, get into a car with a metal hood (but once inside, keep your hands off door handles and other metal parts).
  • Don't trust the immediate calm after the storm. Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after you've seen the last flash of lightning or heard the last bit of thunder.

Worst case scenario: If there's absolutely no shelter available, crouch down into a ball and stay on the balls of your feet. (Your goals here are to become a very small "target" and to have the least amount of contact with the ground as possible.) Always move away from pools of water and trees.