Tips for Lightning Safety
POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:58pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:59pm
Every human is intrigued by thunderstorms and lightning. Honestly, though it is amazing to watch, lightning scares the heck out of me! And for good reason... year-to-date, there have been 9 deaths by lightning nationwide.
The National Weather Service has assembled a excellent tutorial on lightning and lightning safety. I'd like to briefly summarize some of the lightning safety tips:
- NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
- Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety
- Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
- Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
- If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
- Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
- Never lie flat on the ground
- Never shelter under an isolated tree
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
- Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.
The RGV will have a chance of showers and some t-showers this Thursday. For my long-range forecast, click here.. http://www.kveo.com/weather