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Tips To Stay Safe During Stormy Weather

By Alison Wheatley
In October 21, 2015
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As we head into the winter months, we are practically guaranteed to see more storms than in mid-summer. While stormy weather can be exciting, it can also be very dangerous if you get caught out and you’re not prepared. Particularly if you live in areas that are susceptible to flooding or mudslides, or if you regularly travel, you need to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family out of danger. Here are our top tips to stay safe during stormy weather.

Keep A Full Tank

If you’re planning to travel during stormy weather, make sure that you keep a full tank and some spare fuel if possible. The last thing you want is to get caught out with an empty gas tank, especially during a thunderstorm.

Prepare For Flooding or Mudslides

If you live in low-lying areas, you should take the necessary precautions and prepare for flooding during a storm. Keep sandbags handy and move anything valuable upstairs in case your home floods. If your home is at risk of mudslides, keep an evacuation kit handy just in case you need to vacate your home at short notice.

Don’t Use Your Mobile

Keep cell phone calls to a minimum, especially if you’re outside. Your cell phone can act as a lightning rod, and if lightning strikes, your phone will carry the electrical current and may burn your skin.

Forget Your Umbrella

As much as you’ll want to avoid getting wet during a thunderstorm, you’ll probably want to avoid getting struck by lightning even more. Using an umbrella during a lightning storm is extremely dangerous, as the metal becomes a target for lightning bolts. Carry a waterproof rain jacket instead and remember that your safety is the most important thing.

Stay Indoors

If it’s really pouring outside, the best way to stay safe during stormy weather is to stay indoors. Make sure you keep spare candles, torches and battery packs just in case the electricity cuts out, and enough food supplies to keep you going for 2-3 days if you live in a remote location.

If you think you’re going to get hit by a huge storm, the most important thing is to use your common sense and take necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe. Don’t travel unnecessarily, and beware that fast flowing water can easily sweep away your automobile.

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