Just out of idle curiosity, how many people go outside with the intention of being hit by lightning? And how many prepare for this event prior to wandering around in an open area where they may very well the tallest object for hundreds of feet or yards in any direction?
I kinda liked the advice about not wearing a tinfoil hat. :=)
Seriously folks unplug your PCs, TVs, stereos etc if you see lightning! Many years ago I failed to do while domiciled on "Drum Blvd" in Phila PA and our TV (which was off) turned itself on after a bolt of lightning turned the night into day momentarily and apparently hit something very close to my row house. It also scared me and my roommates so badly we had to change certain articles of clothing afterwards, and then we noticed the TVs on/off switch no longer worked, so from then on we just plugged the TV in to turn it on and unplugged it to turn it off. BUT in most cases, from what I've read and been told by electricians, there aint no "surge protector" in the world that will protect your loved electronix devices from a very close lightning strike (say anywhere on your block just for a rough definition of "Very close.")