Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning Safety Tips

Compiled from information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

With scattered showers and thunderstorms forecasted for Wednesday in Oregon, here is some lightning safety information.

What to do when you hear thunder?

Get inside as soon as you hear thunder, to protect yourself from potential lightning strikes. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. If you can’t get to a safe building or vehicle:

·       Avoid open areas. Don’t be the tallest object in the area.

·       Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.

·       Stay away from metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal does not attract lightning, but lightning can travel long distances through it.

·       If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chance that someone might get struck, it tends to prevent multiple casualties, and increases the chances that someone could help if a person is struck.

·       Lying flat on the ground increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadline ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, keep moving toward safe shelter.

Am I safe in my car?

Most cars are safe from lightning but it’s the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells don’t offer protection from lightening. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on the doors during a thunderstorm.
What if someone gets struck?

Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need first aid immediately.

·       Call for help. Call 9-1-1.

·       Give first aid. Begin CPR if you are trained.

·       Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. These units are lifesavers!

·       Don’t be a victim. If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning CAN strike twice.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association


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