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Posted on: May 1, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Lightning Safety

FACTS

-Outside and other fires accounted for three-quarters of the lightning fires reported to local fire department.

-Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles from any rainfall.


OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS

-If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, a large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.

-Stay away from windows and doors.

-If you feel your hair stand on end, that means lightning is about to strike, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground. This is a last resort when a building or hard-topped vehilce is not available.

-If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 and get medical care immediately. Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge; attend to them immediately. Check their breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. CPR may be needed.

INDOOR SAFETY TIPS

-Unplug appliances and other electrical items, like computers. If you are unable to unplug them, turn them off. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. Avoid washing your hands, bathing, doing laundry, or washing dishes.

All information was referenced throught the NFPA; if you wold like to view thier site please go to www.nfpa.org/education or go above to departments, then fire department, then useful links, and click on National Fire Protection Agency.

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