I just read a great, short article on what to do when lighting is part of the weather forecast and how you should respond. Lightening Safety Awareness Week is June 22-28, so a great time to dispel rumors about how to handle lightning and learn about what the National Weather Service suggests are the best steps to take for your safety and that of your loved ones.

1. Stay indoors since no place outside is safe during a thunderstorm

2. If you hear thunder, lighting is right behind it

3. Stay situated inside until at least 30 minutes after you hear the last of the thunder

4. Stay off of any equipment that puts you in contact with electricity-no corded phones, computers, etc.

5. Stay away from windows and door; stay off of porches

6. Do not touch plumbing-sinks, faucets and bathtubs

7. Never lie up against or lie down on a concrete surface

8. Do not lie flat on the ground, or go under a tree

9. Get away from bodies of water

10. Steer clear of objects that conduct electricity-fences, barbed wire, etc.

Take heed of these are good reminders from the National Weather Service.