With the recent storms passing through the area I thought I'd share some of the storm safety tips I shared with my customers this week.
Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United States. Below are tips on how to stay safe indoors and outdoors:
- No Place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter
- 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 puts you in direct contact with electricity.
- Stay away from windows and doors and staff off porches.
- Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
- Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
- Never lie flat on the ground
- Never shelter under an isolated tree
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
- Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)