Severe Weather Awareness Week: Lightning Safety
February 23, 2010 8 Comments
We continue today with Severe Weather Awareness Week and today’s topic is lightning safety. The summer months are the most dangerous when lightning is considered and it is known as the underrated killer. Lightning injuries and deaths can be kept to a minimum if the proper steps are taken.
Here are a few tips to stay safe from being struck by the deadly force known as lightning. First, you should shelter yourself into a house or sturdy building and do your best to avoid windows and open or closed doorways as well as electrical appliances. Also, stay off wired phones.
If you are on the water and become caught in a boat you should make your way towards the shore, get out of the boat, away from the water as soon as possible. As soon as you make it to shore, take shelter in the nearest building or home. If neither are available, then retreat to a vehicle with the windows rolled up. In case you can’t get out of the boat in time for the storm to pass, you should place cushions between yourself and the metal boat. Make sure to line the bottom and sides of the vessel with cushions.
Lastly, if you are caught outside during a thunderstorm with lightning, run as quickly as you can to the nearest shelter or vehicle and take cover. As a last and final option, crouch down low on the balls of your feet and cover your head with your hands. You do not want to lie down on the ground with lightning in the area because the point here is to keep any contact with the ground at a minimum. Crouch as low as you can to make sure you are one of the lowest objects around you.
Stay tuned to WVUA live on first at four and at five, six and ten this week for more topics concerning Severe Weather Awareness Week. Also, keep checking our blog for more details. Have a great evening! (Source:NWS)
WVUA Weather Intern