Thunderstorms are a common weather event in many parts of the world. While dangerous, with proper preparation and precautions, they can be easily handled.
Preparation[edit | edit source]
Long Term[edit | edit source]
- Ensure your buildings have properly installed lightning rods, and ideally a complete lightning protection system.
- Be ready for strong winds associated with thunderstorms.
Just before a storm[edit | edit source]
- Unplug electronics prior to storm, especially if they are ungrounded.
- Bring any animals inside, and ensure they are calmed.
- If outside, seek shelter immediately inside a building or metal roofed car.
During[edit | edit source]
What to do[edit | edit source]
Stay inside if possible.
Stay away from windows and avoid touching plumbing and electrical or gas appliances for the duration of the storm.
Common Mistakes[edit | edit source]
Trees[edit | edit source]
Do not take shelter under a tree. While the tree will likely be a tall enough object to channel lightning, the resulting strike will likely harm anyone near the tree.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Lightning Rods" (in EN-US). US Department of Commerce - NOAA. https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-rods.
- "Thunderstorms" (in en-CA). Transport Canada. 19 January 2010. https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/marine-safety/thunderstorms.
- "Lightning Myths" (in EN-US). US Department of Commerce - NOAA. https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-myths.