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Safety Tips during Thunderstorms

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Tips during Thunderstorms Always be Safe

How to stay safe indoors during a thunderstorm:

During an electrical storm, avoid:

  • Avoid using a land line phone. Land line-base lightning strikes are the leading cause of indoor lightning injuries in the United States.
  • Avoid having any contact with appliances connected to your plumbing, because it is typically tied to your home's electrical service for grounding.
  • Avoid all contact with you home's plumbing, including the shower, bath, and sinks during an electrical storm.
  • Avoid all windows and doors or standing outside on porches.

How to stay safe outside in a thunderstorm:

  • Find shelter immediately in a substantial and enclosed building or a metal-topped vehicle, convertibles do not provide protection.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck.
  • Get away from isolated trees.
  • Climb down and away from hilltops and other elevated areas.
  • Stay away from objects and things that conduct electricity such as metal fences, power lines, or phone poles.
  • Never lie flat in a field. You can still be hit through a ground-current strike.

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