What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightning?

Updated: Jun 11


Getting struck by lightning can cause serious injury or even death.


With warmer weather settling in across most of Canada, we will be seeing more thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are dangerous events.


When the human body is struck by lightning, a cardiac arrest can occur, a brain hemorrhage, stroke, and tissue injuries can also occur.


It is possible to survive lightning strikes. Roy Cleveland Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times between 1942 and 1977. He survived all strikes. He was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.


The best way to keep yourself safe from lightning is to go indoors when you hear thunder. You should also avoid using electrical equipment and telephones. Do not take a bath or shower using plumbing.


Cars are also safe in a thunderstorm.


If you are caught outside and cannot seek shelter, make yourself the lowest point possible. Never stand underneath a tree.


Remember that lightning can, and does, strike the same place twice.

If you find someone who has been struck by lightning, call 911 immediately. If it is safe to do so, perform CPR.


Globally, around 500 people a year are struck by lightning. About 90 percent survive.