Severe weather tips

Lighting and thunderExcerpted from

Before storm:

  • Have you built an emergency kit and made a family communications plan?
  • 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Cheek your sump pump and make sure it is clean and working. PDM tests sump pump operation, installs battery back-up pumps and a whole lot more.
  • Close window blinds, shades or curtains. Shutter windows and secure outside doors if possible.
  • Unsafe vehicles: Small riding mowers, golf cars, and utility wagons are examples. People should safely abandon this machinery and get into a safe shelter. Inside a car is better than outside. Do not touch metal. Fold hands in lap and wait until you sense it’s time to go.
  • More about what to do before thunderstorm and lightning.

During storm:

  • Avoid electrical contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage. Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers. Turn off air conditioners or heaters.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Vehicle. If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle including door and window handles, radio dials, CB microphones, gearshifts, steering wheels.. Put your hands in your lap, and wait out the storm.
  • More about what to do during thunderstorm and lightning.

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