Staying Safe during Storms

iStock_000005112844SmallDepending on how you feel about them, storms can be pretty exciting or pretty scary. Storms usually come with a lot of rain, strong winds, and thunder and lightning. Sometimes storm produce tornados, which are large spinning columns of wind that can cause a lot of damage very quickly.

Keep these tips in mind to be safe during storms:

  • If you hear thunder, it means there’s lightning. Get indoors or find shelter quickly.
  • Stay inside during storms and keep away from windows. If you’re outside when a storm comes in, find shelter immediately.
  • Keep a flashlight handy in case the power goes out.
  • Don’t take a bath or shower during a storm.
  • Avoid using electronic devices like televisions or computers—if there’s a power surge from a lightning strike, it could damage the device.
  • If there’s a tornado, take cover in the basement or a small room on the ground floor that doesn’t have any windows.

Just remember that a storm won’t last forever—eventually it will move on and the sun will come out again, so it’s best to sit tight and wait for it to pass. While you’re waiting, find something fun to do inside: you could read a book, draw a picture, or play games with your family. And remember, let’s stay safe together!