Thunderstorms & Lightning (very very frightening) - what to do when they are happening.
19th August 2014
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Before the thunderstorm .....

1. unplug all non-4essential applicances, including the TV as lightning can cause power surges.

2. if you are outside, seek shelter (see where not to shelter later) - when you hear thunder you are already within range of the next ground flash - lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of the storm 

3. if a storm is approaching, take cover inside or in a car with the windows wound up - sheds, isolated trees and convertibles do not afford sufficient protection.

During the thunderstorm .... 

1. Count the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder - if it's less than 30 seconds, there's a threat.

2. Avoid using the phone, taps and sinks (phone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricitiy)

3. If outside, avoid water and find a low lying, open area away from trees, poles or metal objects.

4. Avoid such activities as golf, fishing (with a rod) or boating 

5. Do not put up an umbrella or use a mobile phone - the metal directs the current into the body. 

6. If you are in an exposed location, squat close to the ground but try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible. Do not lie on the ground.

7. If at any point you feel you hair stand on end drop to the squat position immediately. 

After the storm .... 

1. Avoid downed power lines or broken cables

2. If someone has been hit by lightning, call for help as they'll need urgent medical attention. It's safe to touch them - people struck by lightning carry no electrical charge that can shock other people.

Check for a pulse and for breathing - if you know first aid, begin artificial respiration and CPR if necessary. If they're breathing, check for other possible injuries. Lightning strike victims have burns in two places - where the electric shock entered and then left the body, usually the soles of the feet. They may have broken bones or loss of hearing or sight.

3. Be wary of venturing out too soon - wait 30 minutes after the last flash, as over half of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed.

And one final tip - it's a myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Now be careful out there.


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