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Staying Safe From A Storm If You’re Caught Outdoors

9/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe From A Storm If You’re Caught Outdoors Lightning strikes the tallest object in the area. Taking shelter under a tree may not be the best idea.

The safest place to be in a storm is usually indoors, but sometimes we are caught in situations where that isn’t an option.

In the event that you are caught outdoors, here’s a few quick tips to follow:

Don’t stand under trees.  Lightning usually strikes the tallest object in an area; don’t be under that tree when lightning blasts a giant branch off its side!

Stay away from high voltage powerlines. Don’t get whip-lashed by a live powerline.

No protective structure in sight?  Make a bee-line for your automobile, especially if yours has a metal roof and sides. 

If a metal sided/ roofed car is not in sight, get to a lower elevation.  Higher elevations are more likely to get zapped than lower elevations are. 

Avoid being in situations where you are the tallest object.  This could include open meadows, athletic fields, golf courses etc.  Remember, the tallest objects in an area are practically ‘lightning targets’.  Don’t be one!

If you feel a staticky sensation in your hair, it could be that a lightning strike is imminent.  In this case, assume a crouched position transferring your weight to the balls of your feet with your shoes touching.  Next, tuck your head and cover your ears (make yourself as small as possible). This will improve the odds of avoiding a direct hit.  When the staticky sensation passes, make a ‘bee line’ for the nearest car or building.

Get Off that Landline!

Did you know?  Lightning can send an electric surge through those phone wires and straight into the receiver, which, by the way, is uncomfortably close to your ear, hand and face.  Shocks from landlines are the number-one source of lightning injuries.

Lightning has been known to travel through telephone wires.  Shocks from landlines are actually the leading source of lightning-related injuries.

Stay Away From Water!

Electricity is an excellent conductor of electricity, so keep a distance from lakes, ponds, swimming pools and even showers and bathtubs.  Avoid touching water taps during a lightning storm; the metal pipes that lead to your sinks and tubs also conduct electricity. 

Playing it Safe While Driving

Hands Off!

What if your car is not entirely composed of metal?  This seems to be more the rule than the exception these days,.  While making your car lighter and more fuel efficient, those non-metallic materials actually increase the risk of electrical shock when it rains.  In the event that the car is hit, the current may pass through the vehicle’s electrical systems, the GPS, cell phone chargers, car door handles, foot pedals, steering column and steering wheel.

The most important rule to follow in this case is “Hands Off” the radio!  The best advice in a situation like this is not to touch anything metal in the car’s cabin during the storm – including the radio.

Also, while it’s fun to make that ‘rooster tail’ with your car when you drive through deep water, it’s

The Sun Will Shine Again

No storm lasts forever, and those golden rays are going to shine again.  If there’s been any structural damage to your property, you want to get on it immediately. Don’t delay – that will just make the damage worse, especially if you’ve got wooden floors or wood paneling.  Likewise, you don’t want to give mold a chance to settle in.  All mold needs to thrive is moisture and fibers for a food source. 

There’s a lot to restoration; unless you’re very experienced, it’s probably better to call your friendly neighborhood restoration heroes at SERVPRO of Anaheim Hills in to help.  We’ve been serving the Orange County community for eleven years and have become the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California during this period by staying true to our values.

We’re there when you need us.  In many cases, we’ll be at your door within an hour of your call.

No one knows restoration better than our team!  We’ve learned that most customers are relieved when they understand what’s happening at each step in the restoration process.  We take the time to make sure you understand what’s going on . 

You can count on us.  Word of mouth customer promotion of our business has been very important to our success. To keep that going, we know we’re only as good as our latest job.  You’ll always receive our very best work.

Respect for your property and possessions.  You can trust us to carefully move, and cover everything in our work area to protect what you’ve worked so hard for.

Find out more about what our customers have said about our work by visiting our testimonials page:  http://www.SERVPROanaheimhills.com/testimonials

Need immediate assistance?  Call us at 714-776-6222.

We’ll make you feel “Like it never even happened”!

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