How to stay safe when lightning strikes

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THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - When thunder roars, stay indoors -- lightning could come next and be deadly.

So far in 2014, 16 people have died due to lightning fatalities including the man killed in Southern California yesterday. It's a reminder to always be prepared.

We asked people around the valley if they were prepared for lightning to strike -- some were and some were not. 

"You should avoid tall objects such as power lines and trees," said Kyle Simdion. "You should seek shelter and if you are unable to do so and you notice that your hair is starting to raise up on your arm and you feel almost this static feeling on your body you should find a ditch and crouch down in it."

Remember -- no place is safe during a thunderstorm. If you are able to hear thunder, you could be struck by lightning. Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Once inside, stay off technology, such as a phone plugged into the wall. Also, stay away from doors and windows. Avoid plumbing like sinks and showers.

Keep in mind that June, July and August are the peak months for lightning activity in the United States, and right here in the Coachella Valley. They are also the peak months for outdoor summer activities. 

If you do find yourself outside during a thunderstorm, never lie flat on the ground of take shelter under a tree. Also, stay far away from water and avoid anything that could conduct electricity.

Beaches and golf courses can be dangerous places during a  thunderstorm -- and pay attention to any warning when they are issued.  

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