The month of July in PA is often filled with dry and hot days mixed with powerful thunderstorms, and that has certainly been the case this year. The week ahead looks no different, hot days with evening thunderstorms scattered throughout the forecast.
So far in 2021, there have only been a few lightning related deaths in the United States – though July is the month that typically has the most lightning deaths, so it is important to stay aware right now.
A few things to remember when you see a thunderstorm approaching:
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach, leading to weather related injuries.
Vehicles are Fairly Safe
Cars are actually a fairly safe place to hunker down during a storm if you are away from all other buildings. A common misbelief is that the rubber tires on cars keep you safe. However, the metal roof and sides on cars are actually what keep you safe if struck.
Minimize Your Risk
Once inside, avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment, plumbing, and windows and doors. Cell phones and cordless phones are safe. Also, keep away from outside doors and windows and do not lie on a garage floor.Finally, wait 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going back outside.
If the Worst Happens
If someone is struck by lightning, they may need immediate medical attention. According to the National Weather Service, lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch. Call 911 and monitor the victim. Start CPR or use an Automated External Defibrillator if needed.
For legal help this summer if you’ve been injured, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-515-0776 or learn more at www.cordiscosaile.com.