When a Storm Approaches...
eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light or increasing
wind. Listen for the sound of thunder.
can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
to your local radio and TV stations for the latest forecasts.
in a building or car. Keep car windows closed. Telephone lines and metal
pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances and avoid using them or
taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor,
resulting in a costly repair job.
and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind,
the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home.
are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.
Be a Very Small Target...
a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects.
the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between
the smallest target, with as little of you touching the ground, as possible.
lie flat on the ground -- this will make you a larger target.
is Struck By Lightning...
struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
help. Get someone to dial 9-1-1.
person has received an electrical shock and may be burned, both where they
were struck and where the electricity left their body. Check for burns
in both places.
aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has
stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. To become trained in
first aid and CPR, check our community courses
or call the Red Cross, (318) 865-9545.