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Lightning Storm Safety Tips

August 25, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Lightning Storm Safety Tips

Phoenix Arizona is a beautiful and inviting part of the country that everyone should experience at some time or another. However, the area does experience severe weather conditions that can have a big impact on overall safety. For example, monsoon season brings with it many violent thunderstorms that have the potential to produce a tremendous amount of lightning. As such, those involved in a lightning storm should always remember that there is no place outside that can be considered safe when it comes to a lightning strike.

Serious Injury Due To Lightning

Seeking shelter indoors and remaining indoors is always the safest option when dealing with lightning. It is also important to note that lightning can often strike dozens of miles away from an actual storm. Never underestimate the potential of a monsoon related thunderstorms to cause serious injury due to lightning. These simple safety tips are worth considering with regard to lightning. For example, avoiding touching any type of wiring when a thunderstorm is present.

Lightning Propagating Through Telephone Lines

In addition, those who must use a telephone during a thunderstorm should only use cordless phones or cell phones. Phones that have a cord can be dangerous and even life threatening when thunderstorms are present. There have been cases where people have been seriously injured or where loss of life has occurred due to lightning propagating through telephone lines. It is also a good idea to avoid any type of water indoors when lightning is in the area. Showers, tubs and even toilets where water is present can easily conduct lightning generated electricity.

Seek Medical Attention As Quickly As Possible

Staying proactive with regard to thunderstorms can greatly reduce the chances of injury and the damage associated with lightning. For example when thunderstorms are expected to be in the area it is always a good idea, as a preventative measure, to unplug all electronic devices. This should be done long before the storm approaches. Most important of all is when someone has been struck by lightning to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Calling 911 as soon as injury occurs can improve the chances of someone surviving one of these devastating events. Contact Hastings and Hastings for Phoenix personal injury legal guidance and assistance if you have been involved in an accident that was no fault of your own.