This summer season, it’s very possible you could find yourself caught in a thunderstorm. While the sound of thunder makes some people very nervous, it’s lightning that’s the real thing to be cautious of. Lightning is important to understand and avoid as it’s proven to be very damaging. We’ve put together a list of 5 important steps to take during a thunderstorm to keep you and your loved ones safe.
1. Keep your distance from windows
When you’re in your home, stay as far away from windows, doors, and even skylights as possible. Thunderstorms are dangerous because they can generate large hail. With heavy wind gusts and hail, it’s possible that your windows will burst. At all costs, you’ll want to keep far away from breaking glass. To help contain potential glass fragments, be sure to close your curtains or blinds.
2. Stay in an enclosed vehicle
If you’re trapped outside, try to locate an enclosed structure as soon as possible. Metal is a conductor of lightning, so don’t depend on a vehicle for protection. Instead, crouch down and place your head between your knees. You will become a smaller target for lightning strikes as a result of this. If you’re in a car, try to find a big, enclosed building, such as a parking garage, to take refuge in.
3. Put away electronic devices
When you’re indoors during a thunderstorm, keep in mind that electrical wires are excellent lightning conductors. That means that wireless devices, as well as corded appliances, can be extremely hazardous.
4. Don’t leave pets outside
If you have an animal that is used to being outside, it’s still a good idea to carry them inside until the storm has passed. Lightning can strike dog houses, injuring the dogs inside. You’ll want to keep your precious pet inside with you when wind, rain, and hail blows.
5. Avoid water (even indoors)
During a thunderstorm, it’s important to avoid water in your house. This is because the metal pipes that carry your water are ideal lightning conductors. Avoid using appliances, such as washing machines or dishwashers. After the storm passes, you can use sinks or showers, but it’s very important not to use these in the thick of a thunderstorm.
About Ryan Ruffcorn
Ryan grew up in Keokuk, graduated from Keokuk Senior High, and started his agency in Keokuk from scratch in 2003 after having worked for one of the largest international accounting firms, KPMG, LLP.
Ryan is hardworking; his loyal and trustworthy character is exemplified by the way he does business. He thoroughly enjoys helping clients through the insurance buying process to secure coverage for their most valuable assets.