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262 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401


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Departments > Fire Department > Lightning Safety

Lightning Safety

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter.
  • Safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
  • Stay in a safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

Indoor Lightning Safety Tips:

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do no lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tip:

NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but if you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • NEVER lie flat on the ground
  • NEVER use a tree for shelter
  • NEVER use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc)

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should ANY of the above action be taken if a building or an all-metal vehicle is nearby

If Someone Is Struck:

  • Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical attention
  • Monitor the victim and begin CPR or AED, if necessary
  • Call 911 for help

Contact Information

Fire Chief - Thomas E Higgins

Mailing Address
289 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401


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