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21 Mar 2017

Spring Weather Safety Tips

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Just some spring safety tips to spark your curiosity!

Blue skies, budding trees and the kickoff of the Chicago Cubs baseball season tells me it’s spring once again! Of course, along with the beautiful spring weather comes, well, the not-so-beautiful spring weather.

With the thunderstorms that are dousing Chicago land left and right, we thought some storm spring safety tips wouldn’t go amiss!

  • If you are outside, take cover in the best shelter you can find. Always head for a building before a car.
  • Do not take a bath or shower.
  • If you are near water, head inland as soon as possible.
  • Turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressors.
  • If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them, making yourself the smallest target possible. Minimize your contact with the ground.

Spring Has Sprung!

Yes, friends, the possibilities of thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes are all peering darkly over the chirping birds and freshly mowed lawns. I would be remiss as your local Disaster Restoration blogger if I didn’t throw some preparedness tips your way!

Also, know the difference!

Thunderstorms can be deadly. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), lightning injures an average of three hundred people and causes about 80 fatalities each year. As dangerous as lightning is, flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities than any other danger associated with thunderstorms.

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH—Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm WARNING—Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

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