Lying on the ground won't save you. Standing under a tree is a really bad idea. Fishing out of a boat, especially in the state of Florida, can be deadly. July is the peak month in the United States for lightning strikes. As of July 1, there have been 14 deaths caused by lightning strikes. According to the National Weather Service, during an average 80 year life span, your chances of being struck by lightning are only one in 12,000. Does that make you feel better... or not?
The scary thing is that of all the people that have been killed by lightning, only 3-5% are struck directly. People love to set up rules to live by but lightning doesn't adhere to any human rules. That makes lightning very unpredictable and very dangerous.
Standing In The Area Of A Lightning Strike
If lightning strikes the ground, the charge will spread out on the ground around the area of the strike. If this happens, a person standing even a good distance away can be injured or killed.
Once, a pro golfer was standing several yards away from the edge of a lake. Lightning struck the lake, traveled across the water to the bank of the lake, then up the wet grass to hit the golfer. That is why lying down on the ground during a lightning storm is a bad idea. It puts more of you in contact with the ground.
Most people have been taught since they were children not to stand under a tree to get away from rain and lightning. Here's why. It's not only because trees are big tall things that reach up into the sky and attract lightning. It's because if the tree gets hit by lightning, the lightning will travel down the tree until it comes even with you, then shoot out of the tree to strike you. This is called a side flash. You are a better conductor of electricity than the tree is.
You shouldn't shower during a thunderstorm, or spend much time on the telephone. If your house is struck the lightning bolt will follow electric wiring or metal plumbing lines in the house.
If you are in a car you're safer. Just don't attempt to leave the area during the storm. It would not be good to be traveling 40 mph and have the car struck. The car will probably die and you'll still be moving at a good speed with no way to control the car.