Staying Safe During a Lightning Storm
During a thunderstorm or severe weather event, lighting can be a very dangerous situation for you and your loved ones. According to the National Weather Service, there is a great deal of information to be aware of, and many precautions that you can take, to help protect yourself from being struck by lightning:
Lightning- What you Need to Know:
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- If you hear thunder, move to an enclosed space, such as building or metal topped vehicle for shelter: no place outside is safe during a thunderstorm.
Lightning Safety Once Indoors:
- Stay off electronic equipment, such as computers or corded phones, that put you in direct contact with electricity.
- Avoid plumbing, such as sinks and bathtubs, as metal piping can transmit electrical current.
- Stay away from windows and doors; the safest area of the building is an interior room.
- Do not lean against concrete walls or lie on concrete floors.
Lightning Strike Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips:
If you find yourself outside with no shelter option during a lighting storm, the following actions can help reduce the risk of injury from a lightning strike:
- Search for lower ground- Avoid hills, cliffs, mountains, or any other natural structure elevates you.
- Immediately get out of and away from all bodies of water.
- Stay away from objects that can easily conduct electricity, such as metal fences and power lines.
- Never seek shelter under an isolated tree, as the tree can serve as a conductor for a lightning bolt.
SERVPRO of Bay County values the safety of our community members and we hope these tips help protect you and your family. If a storm or other disaster has affected your home our business, give us a call at 850-785-1077, We’re Here to Help!