One of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders includes lightning strikes. Humanity has attributed them with divinity since time immemorial. They do this both because of their terror and beauty. Anyone that has survived one can tell you how dangerous getting hit can prove. Here, we’ve outlined some lightning safety steps to avoid that.
You should always try to go indoors at the first hint of a thunderstorm. However, you can mitigate your chances of getting struck outdoors.
- Always check the forecast before heading outdoors for more than a few hours. Plan accordingly if they report a chance of thunderstorms.
- Stay away from high ground; lightning tends to strike the tallest point. You will probably underestimate how far it can travel. Also, don’t stand in wide open areas.
- If you get caught in a thunderstorm, crouch low to the ground and place your hands over your head with your feet connected. This will help ensure lightning doesn’t pass through your heart. If you have multiple people in your party, separate so that one can help the other in the event of a strike.
While inside a building (that has grounded plumbing or wiring) proves the safest place in a lightning storm, you can still get electrocuted if you don’t exercise caution.
- Don’t take a shower or use a faucet; water can conduct the electricity right to you.
- Stay away from doors, windows, and porches. Debris from the thunder can get sent careening through walls, and has caused fatalities.
- If any electronics have gotten plugged into the wall, do not touch them; you can get electrocuted.
Follow these steps and you will have minimized your chances of getting struck as much as possible. If your roof has sustained damage from a storm, Alliance Roofing can help. To find out more about us, please give us a call at (860) 633-7243.