Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Staying Safe During Summer Storms

By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC

Summer’s heat and humidity presents the perfect conditions for thunderstorms. However, these storms can be dangerous to both your home and family. This is why Blais Insurance wants to suggest these safety ideas in the event of a storm.

Before a Thunderstorm:

· Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: If you hear thunder and cannot count to 30 seconds before the next thunder clap, head inside; stay indoors for 30 minutes after the storm is over
· Remove dead trees and branches that could fall and damage your home or vehicle(s)
· Secure outdoor objects that could blow away
· Unplug electronic equipment
· Prepare an emergency kit; items should include water, flashlights and batteries

During a Storm:

· Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging
· Remain inside and stay away from windows and doors
· If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle

After a Storm:

· Avoid driving through flooded roadways
· Avoid storm-damaged areas and fallen trees
· Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

In addition, we suggest subscribing to an emergency alert service. Many phone applications now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to inform you of bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc.

For more information on summer safety, please call Blais Insurance at (401) 725-0070.

Information for this article provided by: Thunderstorm Safety and Family Communications