Lightning Safety in Western New York
Lightning can be pretty cool to watch, and an all-out electrical storm is downright breathtaking. But just because you like to watch thunderstorms roll into Western New York doesn’t mean that you should throw caution to the wind. Lightning strikes about 51 people per year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and you don’t want to be one of them.
The easiest way to avoid lightning is simply to stay inside during a storm. However, if you absolutely need to go outside during a thunderstorm, consider the following.
Staying Safe Outdoors During Lightning Strikes
If you hear thunder, you really should go indoors, or at least get under a safe, enclosed shelter. Use the 30-30 rule to judge how much you have to rush. Once you see lightning, start counting to 30 – if you hear thunder before you hit 30, hightail it indoors and wait until 30 minutes after you hear the final clap of thunder to go back outside.
Can’t find indoor shelter? You can still try to be safe. Crouch low with as little of your body touching the ground as possible, as electrical currents can travel over 100 feet through the surface of the ground.
Staying Safe Indoors During Lightning Strikes
Even if you get inside, you’re not necessarily safe during a serious lightning storm.
Stay away from water during a severe thunderstorm, as lightning can travel through plumbing. Avoid electronics as well – lightning can also travel through electrical systems, and even through corded phones.
Avoid concrete floors and walls as well. They contain metal wires and bars that can conduct electricity towards you.
If your home or business is damaged during a thunderstorm, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Seneca/Lancaster at 716-674-1103 – we’re here to help!