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  • Writer's pictureCarole Chantler

How to stay safe during a thunderstorm

Here are some tips to keep you safe during a thunderstorm.

THUNDERSTORM WATCH This means that a storm is possible in your area. THUNDERSTORM WARNING This means that a storm is taking place in your area.


IF CAUGHT OUTSIDE 1. Look for darkening skies, lightning flashes, or increasing wind. Lightning often comes before the rain. So don't wait for the rain to start. If you hear thunder, go to a safe place. 2. The best place to go is in a sturdy building or a car. Make sure the windows in the car are closed. Avoid sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers. 3. If there is no shelter, stay away from trees. Crouch down in an open area, keeping twice as far away from the tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place your hands over your ears to protect them from thunder. 4. If you're with a group of people, stay 15 feet from each other. 5. Stay out of the water. That includes swimming and wading pools, snorkelling scuba diving. Also, don't stand in puddles 6. Avoid metal. Stay away from clotheslines, fences and drop your backpacks because they often have metal on them. 7. If you are playing an outdoor game wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed thunder or lightning. IF INDOORS 1. Avoid water. Do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash dishes or do laundry. 2. Do not use a corded telephone. Lightning may strike exterior phone lines. 3. Do not use electrical devices like computers and appliances during a storm. 4. Stay away from windows, doors and porches.


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