According to the National Fire Protection Association, summer is the peak time of the year for lightning strikes and lightning fires. Here are a few tips to minimize your risk during lightning storms:
- Monitor weather conditions and have a plan before weather becomes worse.
- Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunders roars, go indoors.” Find a safe enclosed shelter (home, office, shopping center or hard-top vehicle) when you hear thunder.
- Stay away from windows, doors, concrete walls or flooring, and open structures such as porches, convertibles, golf carts, ect.
- Crouch close to the ground with your hands over your ears and your head between your knees if you are caught in open land.
- ALWAYS remember to call 9-1-1 and get medical care immediately if you or anyone else is stuck by lightning.
LIGHTNING SAFETY INSIDE YOUR HOME
- Avoid contact with corded phones.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry.
For more safety tips on lightning, visit any of the following sites:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Lightning: Lightning Safety Tips
NFPA: Lightning Facts & Figures
NFPA: Lightning Safety Tips
NFPA: Lightning Safety (downloadable flyer)