Summer Storm Safety for Erie Residents
As we reach the end of July and early August, it’s the peak season for summer weather and temperatures. As much as summer is about barbecues, family vacations, and sunshine, it is also the season of thunderstorms.
We usually welcome summer storms for a much-needed change in temperature and cool breeze. Although they are typically harmless, there are still some summer storm safety tips to be aware of for your family, home, and business.
Lightning: Lightening results in 55-60 deaths and about 300 injuries each year.
If you are ever outside and hear a buzzing sound or you have a feeling of “tingly hair,” lightening is near. To reduce the risk of being hit by lightning, crouch down on the balls of your feet and keep your head down and ears covered. This will help protect you, but do not rely on this method to stay safe. Find shelter as soon as the sensation passes.
It’s a wide-spread myth that cars will keep you safe from lightning due to the rubber tires. Click here to find out what actually happens to your car when lightning strikes.
Prepare Ahead of Time: Stock up on essentials for your home in the case a severe storm hits without warning. Here is checklist of a few items you might want to have in your emergency kit:
- Non-perishable food: Think crackers, peanut butter, canned food or pasta. Make sure to have a hand-held can opener in case the power goes out!
- Bottled Water
- Flashlights and batteries in case the ones in the flashlight run out.
- First Aid Kit
- A backup copy of important documents: In today’s world, it is very easy to keep an electronic copy of all your important documents on your phone or laptop. If not, make sure to keep a copy in a waterproof container.
- Devise a storm safety plan: Make sure your children know what to do and where to go in the case of severe weather. Designate a safe meeting place in the home such as the basement or bathroom.
Exterior Maintenance: To minimize damage done to your home or property, keep on top of yard maintenance. Trim trees and large shrubbery around your home.
Secure loose items in your yard that could potentially be picked up and thrown across your yard such as trashcans, trampolines, pool floats, or furniture cushions.
Braving the Storm: In the northeast region, it is not uncommon to log onto social media and see pictures or videos of people chasing the storm. For your safety, do not try to do this! Additionally, try to safe away from windows or glass doors and avoid taking a shower or bath.
After the Storm: Do not try to drive through flooded areas as you can have no way of predicting how deep the water may get. Stay up to date on the latest weather information through weather radio or local television stations.
If you find yourself in need of help from flooding, water damage, or roof damage, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We will arrive as quickly as possible and begin to assist you. If you have any questions or need help, call (814) 806 1987
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