Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Be safe this summer - protect yourself from lightning

This is the time of year that afternoon rain and thunderstorms are common, and lightning can pose a real danger in Florida.

Florida is known for being the deadliest state in the country for lightning strikes.

In the past 10 years 52 people have died in Florida from lightning strikes, by far the highest number of any US state.
And those most of those people were doing everyday things like working in the yard or enjoying a family picnic.
One of the most dangerous things you can do during a lightning storm is be fishing.

Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.

The only safe places to be during a thunderstorm are in a building or in a car.

Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
You should also stay off corded phones, computers and equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity, and avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter nearby, do not take shelter under an isolated tree; get away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water; and stay away from objects that conduct electricity.