Keeping safe during thunderstorms
Teresa L. Mareschal, MAT
Human Development Specialist
Here are some ways to keep safe when there is a thunderstorm:
· If the weather appears threatening, listen to your local news, check online, or turn on a NOAA weather radio to find out what the weather reports say.
· Look for signs of a storm such as dark skies, lots of wind, and lightning.
· Cancel or postpone outdoor events when there are warnings of thunderstorms. Be aware that people can be struck by lightning in a stormy area even if it is not raining at the time.
· If there is a severe thunderstorm warning, find shelter in a building or vehicle with the windows closed. Mobile homes are not a safe place to be if there are high winds.
· If you hear thunder, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after thunder ends.
· Avoid electrical equipment, including computers and telephones, during a thunderstorm. Use battery-powered radios.
· Shut windows and close outside doors. Stay away from windows.
· Do not take a bath, shower, or use water during an electrical storm.
Used with permission from:
Family Time/Work Time, Penn State, May 2010, Claudia C. Mincemoyer, PhD, Better Kid Care Program Director