Severe thunderstorms and general thunderstorms both have something in common, they both produce lightning that can be dangerous.
Lightning kills people every year, but it also can maim the human body, leaving individuals with physical, neurological and psychological wounds that last a lifetime.
Thunderstorms can happen year-round across the United States and where there’s thunder there’s lightning and the potential for trouble.
All thunderstorms by definition produce lightning but you won’t get watches or warnings about lightning strikes before they occur like you will for hail, strong winds and tornadoes.
There are steps you should know and actions you should take to keep you safer when thunderstorms are in the vicinity.
When Thunder Roars ” Go Indoors: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
When storms approach, find shelter in a sturdy building or if a building isn’t an option take shelter in a hard topped automobile. Keep all windows closed.
Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity into your building. It’s a good idea to unplug appliances and avoid using hard line telephones and electrical appliance. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any purpose, because plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm and cannot find shelter, go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
Is someone is struck by lightning, they carry no electrical charge and can be touched safely. Call 911 and get medical help to the victim.
If you are in a body of water, pool or pond, when lightning threatens get out of the water and into a safe structure or vehicle if available.
If in a boat, get to shore and seek shelter. If you cannot get to shore and you are in a boat without a cabin, set an anchor and get as low as possible in the vessel until the danger passes.
This is only a partial list of situations and precautions when it comes to lightning safety. Much more can be found on this at here.