Tips for Lightning Safety

Tips for Lightning Safety
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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:58pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:59pm

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

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