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Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:00 pm

Monsoon storms can be thrilling to watch, but also dangerous.

Northwest Fire personnel urge everyone to review lightning safety with family members. "Be aware and take precautions when a storm is approaching," a release said.

If you're indoors during a lightning storm:

• Stay indoors;

• Stay away from open doors and windows;

• Avoid metal objects such as pipes, golf clubs and fishing poles;

• Stay off corded phone;

• Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose;

• Avoid contact with electrical appliances such as hair dryers and electric razors.

If you're outside during a lightning storm:

• Seek shelter in a building;

• If there's no building, the best protection is a cave or a ditch. Don't stand under a tree;

• If no shelter is available, crouch in the open;

• Avoid water;

• Avoid hilltops, wire fences, and metal items including golf clubs and fishing poles and farm equipment;

• If you're in your car, stay in your car with windows closed;

If someone is struck by lightning:

• Call for help or get someone to dial 9-1-1.

The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries. People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, give cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, look and care for other possible injuries.

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