Summer is winding down and kids are getting ready to return to school, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of time left for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing or boating.
Late spring to late summer is the most active time of year for thunder and lightning storms in Eastern Pennsylvania. If you’re planning outdoor activities it’s important to keep an eye on the weather and know what to do to lower your risk of getting struck during a thunder and lightning storm.
Here are a few tips from www.weather.com about staying safe during a storm.
– Stay near safe shelter and try to avoid high terrain, golf courses and bodies of water during high lightning activity.
– If you are caught above the tree line when a storm approaches, descend quickly. Avoid isolated trees. It is better to run into a forest.
– If you’re camping don’t pitch a tent near the tallest trees in the vicinity.
– If you aren’t near a car or shelter, run into a forest.
– Drop metal objects like golf clubs, tennis rackets, umbrellas and packs with metal frames.
– Get off bicycles, motorcycles, horses, and golf carts. Avoid metal bleachers, fences and utility poles.
– If you are caught in an open field, seek a low spot. Crouch with your feet together and head low. Don’t sit or lie down. These positions provide more contact with the ground providing a wider path for the lightning to follow.
– Stay off lakes and rivers during a storm. If you’re boating and cannot get to shore, crouch low.
– If someone is struck, the carry no electric charge and can be safely tented to. If the person is not breathing begin mouth to mouth resuscitation or CPR if there is not pulse.
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