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National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Post Date:06/19/2019 3:00 PM

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week 
June 23 – 29, 2019

Summer is the Peak Season in Florida for Lightning Strikes
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! 

The week of June 23-29 has been designated by the National Lightning Safety Council as Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena – lightning.  The Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services reminds you when thunder roars, go indoors. 

Throughout Collier County, people are working or playing outdoors every day. If you hear thunder, you are in danger, even if the sky is blue.  If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is an enclosed building.  If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. 

Avoid the Lightning Threat
• Have a lightning safety plan when outdoors. Know where you’ll go for safety and ensure you’ll have enough time to get there. 
• Postpone activities. Consider postponing activities if thunderstorms are forecast. 
• Monitor the weather. Once outside, look for signs of a developing or an approaching thunderstorm such as towering clouds, darkening skies, or flashes of lightning. 
• Get to a safe place. If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, seek safety immediately. Fully enclosed buildings are best. A hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed is also safe. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. Sheds, picnic shelters, tents or covered porches do NOT protect you from lightning. 
• If you hear thunder, don’t use a corded landline phone except in an emergency. Cell phones are safe to use. 
• Keep away from electrical equipment and plumbing. Lightning will travel through the wiring and plumbing if your building is struck. Don’t take a bath or shower or wash dishes during a storm.
Although the months of June, July and August are the deadliest months for lightning strikes in Florida, lightning is a threat year-round.
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