Protecting Yourself from Lightning During a Vero Beach Storm
Did you know Florida is the lightning capital of the US? Interestingly, lightning is the third leading cause of storm-related deaths in the United States. It creates nearly one billion dollars in damage per year. The following guide and tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure should you be caught in a lightning storm.
- How Should I Protect Myself?
There is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly and seek shelter indoors or in a hardtop vehicle. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Find the lowest place possible and squat in a baseball catcher’s position your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. Avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.
- What if I am Driving?
Stay in the vehicle until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.
- What if I am Indoors?
Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment with cords, including corded phones--it is okay to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches.
- What if My House is Hit by Lightning?
If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.
If you have experienced damage to your home from smoke or fire caused by lightning strike, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!
SERVPRO of Vero Beach