National Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 24-30, 2018
(Houston, TX) - More people are killed or injured by lightning during the summer than at any other time of the year. While lightning is a danger year-round, people spend more time enjoying the outdoors in the summer months. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), lightning is one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States.
National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is underway, June 24-30, and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management would like to remind residents “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Lightning can strike as far as 15 miles away. Chances are that if you can hear thunder, lightning is occurring.
To avoid being struck by lightning, the NWS recommends that you:
- Take shelter in a fully enclosed building or hardtop vehicle at the first rumble of thunder
- Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder
- Do not use a corded phone, computers, appliances or equipment that use electricity
- Keep away from plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets
- Make sure to bring your pets indoors
If you will be outdoors, monitor the weather forecast and have a plan for getting to safety in case a thunderstorm moves in. When you hear thunder, immediately get out and away from pools, ponds, lakes and other bodies of water. Never shelter under a tree and stay away from wire fences and power lines.
For additional lightning safety information go to https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning. Residents can monitor local weather at https://www.weather.gov/hgx/.
Download the Ready Harris App or go to www.readyharris.org to sign up to receive updates on local weather conditions and to get help creating an emergency plan. You can also follow HCOHSEM on Twitter and Facebook.