Some simple rules can save lives during lightning storms, says William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service's Salt Lake office.-- In addition to staying off the phone, do not use plug-in electrical equipment like hair dryers or razors during a thunderstorm.
-- Stay indoors if you can. Closing the car windows or finishing the round of golf aren't really that important.
-- If you are outdoors and can't reach a building or a car, stay away from metal things like fences, clotheslines and pipes. Even if you aren't near the lightning strike, these metal objects can carry the electricity to you. Stay away, too, from small, isolated sheds or similar structures in open areas.
-- If you're in a forested area, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In open areas, try to find a low place such as a ravine. Get out of and away from open water.
-- If you are isolated in a level field and you feel your hair stand on end, lightning is about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward, placing your hands on your knees. Do not lay flat on the ground.