Monday, July 6, 2009

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Did you know Florida has more deaths caused by lightening than any other state? There are more deaths caused from lightening than all other weather hazards combined including hurricanes and tornadoes!

As soon as you hear thunder you are close enought to be struck by lightening, so seek shelter immediately. At the first clap of thunder, go to a large building or fully enclosed vehicle and wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before you to go back outside.

Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to touch, and need urgent medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Some deaths can be prevented if the victim receives the proper first aid immediately. Call 9-1-1 immediately and perform CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.

Photo Courtesy of Jesse Rudavski

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