We are on day 4 of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Day 1 was Family preparedness day and NOAA Weather radio day, Day 2 was Thunderstorm Safety day, Day 3 was Tornado Safety Day and today, Day 4 is Lightning Safety day. Here is some information to help you protect yourself and your families during a lightning storm.
Lightning: What You Need to Know
- 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.