Tuesday, June 22, 2010

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Contributed by Eric Tofte, Director of Training, Evergreen Safety Council
With summer time here, a lot of us like to travel to the Cascades and other outdoor areas to enjoy the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Well, coming from the Chelan County area I know that come the middle to later part of July, thunder storms move in and lightning becomes a real issue for both fires and injuries to those caught out in the storm. Since June 20 – 26 is Lightning Safety Week we thought we would give some tips when you are outside during a lightning storm.

According to the National Weather Service: The lightning safety community reminds you that there is little you can do to substantially reduce your risk if you are outside in a thunderstorm. The only completely safe action is to get inside a safe building or vehicle.

So with that said, the weather service has a great website for lightning safety and if you want more information please check out their link.

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