Watch out for lightning if you hit the water for the holiday weekend

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -  The Fourth of July is one of the most exciting days of summer, and while you may be focused on making waves, you might also want to keep an eye on the skies.

"If you can hear thunder, it can strike you," said Huntsville aquatic activities coordinator Mick Roney.

Even indoor pools force everyone out of the water at the sight of lightning. It's much more convenient than the possible effects if lightning strikes the water.

"Electricity will travel across the surface of the pool and when it hits a human being it will throw your heart into an irregular rhythm," said Roney.

From there, there's no guarantee that someone can be saved.

"If you stop breathing, no pulse, no respiration, you can't always bring somebody back from electric shock," he explained.

So the best thing to do is to play it safe -- and go inside as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning.

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