The National Weather Service is educating people about lightning.

It’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week and weather experts encourage you to learn all you can about avoiding injury or death in a storm with lightning.

Officials say there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm and advise that if you are caught outside, stay away from tall objects and wide open areas so seek inside shelter which could be a hard-topped vehicle. The metal body and frame of the car conduct the current of the lightning around passengers, through the tires, and into the ground.

When you are in a sturdy enclosed structure, stay away from windows, plumbing, plugged-in appliances and balconies, porches, or open garages.

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