People tend not to think about storm safety until it’s too late. But, there are steps you can take to protect yourself when the storm rolls in.
If you’re someone that doesn’t think lightning and thunder should scare you, you should keep reading.
Let’s take a closer look at why it’s so important to know your storm safety.
Storm Safety Tips You Can’t Live Without
If you’ve never really thought about how to stay safe during a storm, then you’re in the right place. We’ve outlined some tips below that will help you ‘weather the storm’, so to speak.
Monitor the Weather Reports
The most important thing you can do when a storm is expected is to monitor the weather reports closely so that you’ll be prepared when it actually hits. With today’s technology, you can get accurate, minute by minute storm trackers and radar right on your cell phone.
Have a Plan
Thunderstorm safety is more than just knowing how to protect yourself. It also includes being prepared. Make a safety plan for you and your family in the event that a storm strikes unexpectedly.
Postpone Outdoor Activities
Being safe during a storm means that you need to get out of the stormy weather. If a storm is on the horizon, bring the outdoor activities to a halt until it passes.
Find a Safe Place to Shelter
Storm Shelters are more and more common for those living in storm-prone regions. And, for good reason. Even a simple thunderstorm can wreak havoc on your neighborhood.
Consider stocking your storm shelter with non-perishable food items, batteries, and a radio in the event that the storm does more damage than may be expected.
Stay Away From Electrical Equipment
It should go without saying that electrical equipment can be a dangerous conductor for lightning. Stay away from the air conditioner and absolutely don’t go near downed wires.
Don’t Stand Near Trees/Tall Objects
Trees and metal are susceptible to wind and lightning in a storm. If you’re stuck outside, find an open area and avoid flag poles or trees.
Get to your car if you can. Not only will the vehicle protect you from the elements, but the rubber tires are an insulator for the electricity from a lightning strike which prevents you from getting electrocuted in your vehicle.
Stay Off the Phone
Cell phones and cordless phones are okay but avoid using the landline during a thunderstorm. The wires in the line can electrocute you if the pole is struck by lightning.
You probably already know to avoid bodies of water in a storm, but did you know that electricity can travel through water pipes in your home?
Stay out of the shower and save the dirty dishes until after the storm passes.
When Thunder Roars, Stay Indoors
The number one tip to remember is to simply stay inside when it’s storming. Don’t think that a lightning strike can’t happen to you. It absolutely can; and it will if you don’t follow these storm safety measures to prevent an injury or even death.
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