Outdoor sports are starting back up, so remember to stay safe when those spring storms appear! Did you know that lightning is a leading cause of death and injury in weather-related accidents? Most lightning victims survive, but may experience long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous weather events that can include lightning, 50+ mph winds, hail, flash flooding, and even tornadoes. Here are 4 things to keep in mind for thunderstorm safety:
- Go indoors or inside a vehicle.
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings
- Unplug appliances
- Do not use landline phones
Thunderstorms Safety Tips
Make sure to sign up for any warning system your community may have before the storm hits. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency weather alerts. Additionally, make sure to trim back any trees or vegetation near your home or roof. You can also consider purchasing surge protectors or lightning rods to protect your home, electronics, and appliances.
While the storm is happening, make sure to get indoors and pay attention to weather reports. Try to avoid using landline phones or running water, as electricity can travel through phone lines and plumbing. Unplug appliances, refrain from touching anything metal, and, if safe to do so, secure any outdoor furniture. If traveling or commuting, do your best to avoid flooded roadways. Six inches of rapidly moving water can knock you off your feet and one foot can sweep away a vehicle. Don’t drown, turn around!
After the storm, make sure to heed information from authorities on whether it is safe to go outside. Flash flooding is always a potential threat and leaves little time to react. Watch for any fallen power lines and report them immediately!