“You want to go in a structure," Borden explains. "If you’re in a field area where you’re maybe
at a baseball field, go into the bath house.
It may not be the best place, but go in to the bath house. Go in to the scoring shack or someplace like
that. If you’re out at the park, go in
to a vehicle. As long as it’s a hard top
vehicle, that’s a very safe place to be.”
Borden says a big myth about lightning is that a
car’s tires protect you from being hit.
In fact, she says it’s the whole vehicle that protects you.
“In reality, you’re sitting inside a hard top
vehicle, so you’re kind of sitting in a cage," Borden says.
"When the lightning strikes the vehicle somewhere, it basically runs
around that steel or aluminum cage you’re sitting in. And, it comes out at the point where it’s
contacting the ground – which is the tires.
That’s why people wrongly feel it’s the rubber on the tires that
The odds of being struck by lightning aren’t great,
but if it happens, Borden says to get them help immediately.
“They are not electronically charged," Borden says. "So, you want to go through your steps of
conducting CPR. Check and see if they’re
breathing and if they have a pulse. If
not, start CPR and by all means, call 9-1-1 instantaneously.”