Lightning safety tips
Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:21 PM -
Severe weather is moving through Saskatchewan, bringing fierce winds and intense lightning storms.
Here are a few tips that can help keep you safe, courtesy of The Weather Network and the Canadian Red Cross.
INDOOR LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay away from windows.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use the telephone.
- Avoid running tap water.
OUTDOOR LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe).
- Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
- If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
- Call for help / dial 911.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
- People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule as well. They say if you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.