Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning. We’d like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors.
On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building. If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught outdoors with no shelter nearby, stay away from tall trees. Crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as the tree is tall.
Historically, the months of June, July and August are the deadliest months for lightning strikes in South Florida. This is due to the combination of our region’s near daily thunderstorms and the plethora of outdoor activities held during this time when children are out of school. Nevertheless, lightning is a threat year-round in South Florida.
Lightning safety tips for inside the home include:
- Avoid contact with corded phones.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, wash dishes or do laundry.
- Stay away from windows and doors; stay off porches.
- Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.