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What You Need to Know When Lightning Strikes

  
  

 

 

Living in Florida, you already know that thunderstorms and summer go hand in hand. Don't be fooled by light summer showers and blue skies - dangerous electrical storms could be lurking just miles away. Here are 6 tips to remain safe and be prepared when lightning strikes.

 

 

 

  1. Avoid using hardwired landline telephones, or anything that conducts electricity. Most indoor lightning injuries are caused by people talking on their landline phones.
  2. Water is the best conductor of electricity, so if you're swimming, go inside immediately. Also refrain from showering and washing your hands. Even indoors, electricity can travel through the plumbing in your home.
  3. Unplug electronics like TV's and computers to keep them from getting "fried" if lightning hits your home or nearby power lines. Installing or subscribing to surge protection will protect your home's major appliances (such as your A/C, refrigerator, washer, dryer, oven, and ceiling fans).
  4. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur during the summer months when people are out boating, swimming, fishing, biking, golfing, jogging, grilling, gardening, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach or poolside. Please be safe. Your first response should be to seek shelter indoors as quickly as possible.
  5. Trees are commonly mistaken as a safe haven during a storm, but they're actually one of the more dangerous places to take cover. Trees are elevated, making them a direct target for strikes. Their sap and water also make them prime conductors, allowing the voltage to spread to the surrounding area.
  6. In extreme situations, never be the tallest object in a clearing. Squat down in a crouched position, with your hands NOT touching the ground. Do not lay down on the ground horizontally.
Kenmark Air would like to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer season. For additional safety information on lightning and storms, visit NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

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