It’s that time of year again when we’re cutting our lawns, planting our flowers and listening to the kids enjoy a nice spring day outdoors, maybe skateboarding, fishing, playing baseball or soccer and most often, not paying any attention to the weather what-so-ever. We have now entered severe weather season and it’s a good time to talk to your kids and go over a plan with them if severe weather should pop up. You’ll want to remind them that if it looks like it’s going to storm, they should be ready to get indoors or in a vehicle quickly. When we do weather talks at schools, one thing we teach the kids is if they see lightning, start counting (one-one thousand, two-one thousand, etc…), if they can’t get to 30 before they hear thunder, they are close enough to get struck by lightning.
A few other things they should know:
-Never hold a baseball bat, golf club or fishing pole during a storm. These items attract lightning increasing the chances for the individual to be struck by lightning as well.
-Don’t hide under a tree in a storm, for the same reason as above. The tree will attract lightning, distributing it through the tree and into the ground where they are standing.
-Don’t try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle. Get out and lay flat in a ditch or in the lowest spot you can find.
-Be aware of flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes the most deaths and injuries.
-If home alone, don’t be on the computer or the phone and don’t watch TV. Lightning can come through the wires and give a fatal electric shock.
Storms and tornadoes can develop very quickly so it’s important that kids pay attention to the weather outdoors and know what to do should it occur. Have a happy and safe spring!
Meteorologist LeAnn Lombardo
Posted under Hometown Weather
This post was written by llombardo on May 4, 2010