With summer on the way, this is a good time to prepare employees to keep safe during summer storms. Lighting storms, for example, can be killers.
PREPARE EMPLOYEES FOR DEADLY LIGHTNING STORMS
|Every year, people are struck by lightning. Many are killed on the spot. Some survive with burns and injuries to internal organs. But few escape unharmed.
Whether your employees work outside or whether they just enjoy recreational time outdoors after work, they should be able to recognize signs of an oncoming lighting storm, and they should be prepared to act correctly to protect themselves from the risk.
Signs of a Brewing Storm
The signs of an oncoming storm are easy to spot. They include:
When these signs are present, it’s time to take precautions. Those who have access to TV or radio weather alerts can check those. Others may be able to access the Internet on their smartphones and check for weather alerts there on the Weather Channel or local TV websites.
According to the National Weather Service, you can tell how close the lighting is striking by listening for thunder following a flash of lighting.
When a lighting storm threatens, the New York Department of Health recommends these precautions:
If you are caught outside and there is no shelter or no time to seek adequate shelter:
The New York State Department of Health says that you’ll know if lighting is just about to strike where you are if your skin tingles and your hair stands on end.
If you have time, however, rather than crouching where you are, it’s safest to find a low spot nearby away from trees, metal fences, pipes, and tall or long objects.
If you’re in the woods, look for an area of shorter trees. Crouch down away from tree trunks.
If you’re swimming, fishing, or boating and there are towering cauliflower-shaped clouds, dark skies, and distant rumbles of thunder or flashes of lightning, get to land immediately and seek shelter.
If you are in a boat and can’t get to shore, go into the cabin or crouch down in the middle of an open boat.