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What To Do During A Lightning Storm

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Here in the Newport News area, during the summer time, we have quite a few lightning storms. Lightning can cause some severe storm damage. Here at SERVPRO we have a few tips when a thunderstorm comes.

-NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!

-If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

-When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter-

-Stay in a safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

-Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.

-Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.

-Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

-Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

-If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

-Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks

-Never lie flat on the ground

-Never shelter under an isolated tree

-Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

-Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water

-Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

If you experience storm damage from a thunderstorm you can always give us a call at 757-244-8467! 

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