EMA directors have lifesaving tips for lightning safety

EMA directors have lifesaving tips for lightning safety

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - EMA directors are encouraging lightning safety this week.

A good rule to keep in mind is the 30-30 rule. When you see lightning, experts say if you can't count to 30 before hearing thunder, then you need to go inside for 30 minutes.

If you can't get inside, you should make yourself as small of a target as possible and get in a low-lying area. The best thing to do is just squat down; you don't want to lay down and make yourself a bigger target.

And remember, if you can see it or hear it, it's close enough to strike you.

"Lightning can actually strike up to 10 miles away from where the thunderstorm is so it's not necessarily just where you see it. There's a wide range with lightning strikes. The first thing you want to do is go inside if possible," said Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe.

If someone you're with is struck by lightning, call 911 as quickly as possible. If they go into cardiac arrest, you should give them CPR until EMS can arrive.

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