Late spring and summer are active months for thunderstorms, with the maximum number in July. You can minimize your chances of being struck by lightning by following this advice offered by meteorologist Jim Campbell:

If you're outside, get inside. Either go into a house or building or into an enclosed car. Do not go into a convertible since it does not have an all-metal frame, which, in effect, grabs the lightning and takes it to the ground. Do not go inside a backyard shed -- wood or metal. It is possible for the metal tools inside the shed to grab some of that lightning.

Unplug major appliances; keep off the phone; keep away from the fireplace, heating ducts, radiators, plumbing.

If you must stay outside, get away from metal pipes, phone lines, wire clothes lines, fences, metal sporting equipment such as golf clubs, bicycles, tractors, umbrellas.

If you're swimming, boating or fishing, get out of and away from the water, since it is a good conductor of electricity.

If you are in a wooded area, go to a low spot where there are many small trees.

If you are walking on flat land, keep away from individual high trees.

If you are in a group, spread out, keeping several yards apart.

If you are in a level field and feel your hair stand on end, indicating that lightning is about to strike, drop to your knees, placing your hands on your knees. Put your head forward and curl your body as much as you can to make a small target. Do not lie flat on the ground, since wet ground is a good conductor of electricity.