Did you know? Lightning is hotter than the surface of the Sun! That means if you’re outside, there is nowhere safe during a thunderstorm. Lightning strikes the U.S. about 25 million times each year, so “When Thunder Roars, Get Indoors!”
This week is Lightning Safety Week, so check out these lightning safety tips, courtesy of the National Weather Service!
- Stay off corded phones, computers and any electrical equipment that has direct contact with any electrical current. This also includes videogame wired headsets and handsets.
- Avoid plumbing, sinks, baths and faucets. If there is complete metal plumbing connecting the piping to the sink, it could result in a direct strike of lightning.
- Remain inside! Do not watch the storm from a porch or close to a window.
- Do not lie or lean against concrete walls. Often lightning can travel through metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
- If no shelter is available, crouch low with as little of your body touching the ground. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
Stay diligent and remember to check the weather before taking your family to an outdoor activity! Do you have a thunderstorm plan for your family? Let us know at http://www.c21affiliated.com/contact_us