Northfield Township Tim Rueckert
ROAD DISTRICT Highway Commissioner

Lightning Safety Tips...

 

1 PLAN in advance your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain; so don’t wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.


2 IF OUTDOORS... avoid water. Avoid the high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. If lightning is striking when you are outside, you should:

 

3 IF INDOORS... avoid water (faucets, sinks and bathtubs). Stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Take off head sets. Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools and TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shock to inside equipment.


4 SUSPEND ACTIVITIES... for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.


5 INJURED PERSON... do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply first aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.


6 KNOW YOUR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS.

 

IF YOU CAN SEE IT... FLEE IT

IF YOU CAN HEAR IT... CLEAR IT.