When we are camping and a lightning storm begins to approach, the risks become eminent, especially in a wild place, without the possibility of protecting itself in some house or other types of concrete structure. At these times it is essential to know what to do and what not to do introduced through tips to camping in thunderstorms below.
Before reading the tips for camping in thunderstorms below, understand that rays tend to fall (attracted) always to higher objects, which stand out in the landscape.
Quickly explaining, a lightning is an electric discharge, which occurs during a storm when the clouds are with excess or lack of electrons. To seek neutralization there is a discharge from the cloud to the ground (or between clouds). This usually occurs through the highest object on the ground. That’s why the rule is: avoid high, open, vacant areas, lakeside or any other place where you are the highest point. In these situations, you can be one of the main targets of lightning.
WHAT should you do anD should NOT DO in camping in thunderstorms?
Based on the principles outlined above, see below for tips on what you should not do during camping in thunderstorms. These are simple things that can save your life!
Get out of the shack! Regardless of where you are camping, the first thing to do is get out of the tent and look for a sheltered spot. Do this especially if your tent is in an open location, as it may become a point of lightning attraction.
Do not be the highest point! Do not stay on hilltops, hills, high places and elevations. Also do not stay in open fields, pastures, lakeside borders, beaches etc. In any situation where you are the highest point, you can attract the rays.
Get away from isolated trees! When a tree is isolated in an area, it becomes the highest point and consequently the chance of being struck by lightning. This rule applies to all insulated objects, regardless of material.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF?
Now that you know everything you can’t do, let’s give you tips on how you can protect yourself! Be proactive do not wait for the storm to come to you to protect yourself. The statistics say that most of the people hit are by the first rays of the storm.
Shelter: If possible, enter into some structure such as houses, buildings, sheds, caves. These are the best places to protect yourself.
Car: If there is a car, the best thing to do is to enter it and close the doors and windows, without touching the bodywork or external parts. As much as the car is struck by lightning, the electric discharge will not reach the inside.
No structure: If you are in an open place, the best thing to do is crouch on the floor. So you do not be a high point, that attracts lightning. Never sit or lie on the floor. When lightning strikes, the ground gets energized, and if you lie on it, you can be hit indirectly. As we mentioned before, most lightning deaths end up occurring indirectly.
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