Lightning strike prompts indoor safety tips


WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – You would think the safest place to stay away from a storm is inside your house, but for one woman that wasn’t the case.

An unbelievable story from Wheatfield is reminding people to stay safe from lightning, even while indoors.

A lightning bolt struck Theresa Szelest’s Wheatfield home. It came through her roof and into her living room, right next to where she was sitting on her couch. The lightning “grazed her.”

The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are one in 12,000.

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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