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Lightning Storm Tips from SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, but some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.

Be Aware

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go Indoors

Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches, and Concrete

Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid Water

Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

Avoid electronic equipment

Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical, and wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances

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