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What To Do Before, During And After A Thunderstorm

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Warmer weather brings increased chances of thunderstorms.


·       Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder-clap

·       Consider investing in a personal lightning detector

·       Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall

·       Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage

·       Shut all windows and secure outside doors

·       Unplug electronic equipment


·       Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging (consider unplugging valuable electronics in case of power surge)

·       Water conducts electricity, so avoid contact with plumbing

·       Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches

·       Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

·       Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas

·       Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts and bicycles

·       If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle


·       Never drive through a flooded roadway

·       Avoid storm-damaged areas

·       Help people who may require special assistance

·       Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

·       Watch your pets closely; keep them indoors if possible

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