Lightning surges from clouds to the ground through the best conductor around. Don't be that conductor for electricity!
THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE DURING A STORM:
- At the first sight of lightning, seek shelter. Get into a vehicle or house. Caught in the open? Seek low ground. Sit or lie down..it may be uncomfortable, but it may save your life.
- If you're caught in a lightning storm while in in a pool or lake, get out of the water and stay away from trees. Go indoors and keep clear of windows. Unplug the television and other appliances when lightning occurs.
- When live wires fall, don't touch anyone in contact with a power source. Efforts to pull a shock victim away could also make you a victim or you could even be killed! Stay clear until you are sure the power is shut off. Remember, electricity will use you as a conductor if you come in contact with it.
- If a power line hits your car, stay inside until emergency workers arrive. If you must get out due to fire or other emergency, jump well clear without touching the car and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together. Shuffle away with your feet close together.
If you spot a safety hazard, such as a downed power line/wire, a tree sagging across a line, or a damaged utility pole, report it to Firelands immediately. Remember! Electricity is so one of the most convenient and dependable forms of energy available. It is also one of the safest when you treat it with respect.
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