We’re headed for one of the biggest parties of the year as we celebrate the red, white and blue! However, nature’s fireworks could overshadow the man-made variety so be sure you’re ready to heed the adage, “When Thunder Roars, Head Indoors”.
Towering clouds can quickly build in summer-time heat. When that happens, you may need to take quick action. As you’re most vulnerable when enjoying time outside, remember these safety tips.
1) Don’t stand under a tree and if there’s no shelter available, be sure you’re the lowest object by crouching low on the balls of your feet.
2) Get off the golf course; metal in clubs and the cleats attract lightning.
3) Get out of the pool; water is a great conductor of electricity.
4) If you’re in your car, waiting out a torrential downpour, don’t touch anything metal in the car.
Often when I give talks, some people are surprised to learn that it doesn’t have to be raining on them for them to be at risk for lightning. Recently, a business owner with outdoor workers saw this first-hand while trying out the WeatherCall service.
As you may know, our lightning detection feature calls, sends a text or email when lightning is within 6 miles. I’ve drawn a six-mile circle around the spot where the workers were:
There was a strong thunderstorm over Lilburn; the yellow, red and green colors indicate where it was raining. Notice the yellow box above Lilburn. It indicates a lightning strike away from the rain which fell within the 6 mile circle around where the workers were. WeatherCall notified the workers lightning was nearby so they could take safety action. Click here to subscribe to this life-saving service.
Whether or not your use WeatherCall, be sure that you have a safety plan in case storm clouds force you to change your plans. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see the rockets red glare bright and clear! Have a great 4th.