Life Times Newsletter

Summer 2010
Vol. 12, No. 3


 

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FAMILY LIFE

Keeping safe during thunderstorms

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Teresa L. Mareschal, MAT
Human Development Specialist
MareschalT@missouri.edu 

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

 

 


 

 

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