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Bedford, TX Office of Emergency Management
Thursday September 1st, 2011 :: 03:12 p.m. CDT


Thunderstorms and Lightning - When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Thunderstorms and Lightning
All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. Each day, lightning strikes somewhere. Each day, someone somewhere is struck by lightning. People while working in their yard working, playing in the park, or walking down the street have been injured or killed by lightning.
First of all, use common sense. If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning! If your hair begins to stand up, you are in danger! You could also feel prickles on your skin. The reason that you are in danger is that a lightning charge is building up somewhere very close by. Lightning may strike any second and you could be hit by lightning and be badly injured or killed. Don’t assume that if it’s not raining lightning won’t strike. Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
We cannot stop the lightning. But we can protect ourselves from it. Here are a few “common sense” tips:
• Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
• Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
• Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
• Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
• Avoid hilltops and open fields natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area – Stay away from isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
• Stay away from anything metal – bicycles, motorcycles, swing and play sets, fences.
• Postpone outdoor activities.
If you see someone struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 emergency immediately – keep yourself safe, help will arrive soon. Use your battery-operated NOAA All Hazard Weather Radio for updates.

Bedford, TX Office of Emergency Management
1816 Bedford Rd
Bedford, TX 76021

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 817-952-2500

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