Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know that our electrician in Cincinnati, OH has been giving you thunderstorm safety tips. Previously, we talked about what to do if you are inside during a thunderstorm. Today, we will giving you thunderstorm safety tips if you are stuck outside. Ideally, you’d check the weather before starting any outdoor activities, but if you get caught unprepared, you need to know what to do.
If you are outside during the storm:
- Find shelter! Your number one objective during a thunderstorm is to find shelter, which can include a shopping center, a home, an office, a hardtop vehicle, etc. As we said in our last blog, you should never try to find shelter in or near a concrete structure, as lightning can travel through the metal bars and wires in concrete. You should also stay away from trees.
- If you can’t find shelter and you are stuck out in the open, separate yourself from others and crouch close to the ground. Get your body into a ball-like position: tuck your head and put your hands over your ears. You should never lie on the ground because lightning can travel along the ground, and it can be deadly, even if you are over 100 feet away. Crouching allows you to be as low as possible while touching as little of the ground as possible.
- If you happen to come across a downed power line, keep your distance, as they can be incredibly dangerous. As a general rule of thumb, you should stay at least 10 feet away from anything touching the downed power line.
Do you have any questions or concerns about thunderstorm safety? Contact us today!