- NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter.
- Safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
- Stay in a safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety Tips:
- Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
- Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Do no lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tip:
NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but if you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
- Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
- NEVER lie flat on the ground
- NEVER use a tree for shelter
- NEVER use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
- Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc)
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should ANY of the above action be taken if a building or an all-metal vehicle is nearby
If Someone Is Struck:
- Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical attention
- Monitor the victim and begin CPR or AED, if necessary
- Call 911 for help
Fire Chief - Thomas E Higgins
289 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401
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