Lightning is the second leading cause of weather related death in the United States every year, coming in right behind flooding
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of severe weather and water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips on lightning safety as severe weather season 2013 prepares to ramp up. April signals the start of severe weather season, with the peak months coming in July and August.
Lightning is the second leading cause of weather related death in the United States every year, coming in right behind flooding, and while the chances of being struck by lightning are slim, there are certain steps that can be taken to eliminate the risk altogether.
For starters, storms do not have to be in the immediate vicinity in order to present a threat. Lightning strike routinely occur as far as 10 miles or more from the leading edge of a given storm system. For this reason, it is important to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and monitor weather reports on radio and TV in order to be fully informed of the nature and level of the threat.
Approaching storms may be identified by dark skies, but also tall clouds in a cauliflower shape, which may be present and visible even when the sun is still shining locally.
Once a storm is imminent, shelter should be taken in a solid, enclosed structure. While inside, distance should be kept from open windows and doors, toilets, sinks, as well as electrical outlets, boxes, and appliances. Those in cars should remain there with windows rolled up, since the vehicle’s tires will provide excellent grounding.
Showers and phones should also be avoided, as the use of such only increases the chance of electrical shock. Those caught outside should seek the lowest possible ground and crouch in order to present as small of a target as possible.
If a lightning strike has occurred and someone is injured, get medical treatment as soon as possible. Many times, victims of lightning strikes will not be breathing or responsive. This does not mean that they have expired, however, so begin CPR immediately. There is no danger in helping a person who has been struck by lightning, since no electrical charge remains.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood and water damage restoration service in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.