How To Protect Yourself From The Thunder?
Every year, approximately 1,000 people worldwide are killed by a thunder-stroke, data from the US State Meteorological Institute. The risk is significantly higher during the summer months, when storms are more frequent with thunderstorms and when more people are found on beaches, mountains or on sports and golf grounds.
The best thunder protection features buildings with properly constructed trumpet protection, cars with metal construction, as well as construction machinery cabins, caravans and caravans and cable car lifts. When it comes to storms, it is advisable to look for suitable shelter as soon as possible.
All people in the open air, whether they are pedestrians or on a bicycle, motor or car with a raised roof, are in danger of being hit by a beam.
The signs to an incoming bad weather are as following:
-Dark clouds appear.
– Heavy winds.
– It starts to bush and spit. If you hear the thunder, it means you’re close enough to hit the beam.
– If the cracking is felt and the hair begins to melt, or if blue aureole can be seen around the objects, it is an electrical activity. Immediately leave the area, and if this is impossible, you should squat, lower your head and cover your ears to prevent injury to the ear. If you get stuck in the open air, immediately look for a tight shelter, and if you do not, try to avoid the most parts of the hill or mountain, avoid open fields – spaces, beaches and swimming in the water. Avoid places near lonely trees, electric and telephone poles.
In a closed car, make sure you: close the windows, do not go out and do not touch the metal objects in the car. Wait at least 15 minutes after thunderstorms to get out of the car. Move away from metal fences and grids, avoid wearing metal objects during the storm.
Places that offer protection are caves, pits or cuttings, etc., but not shallow wet rocks. Do not lean on the rocks.
Do not look for protection in larger groups of people.
The best position is crocheting, tilt forward, putting your arms around your knees, holding your feet as much as possible. In this position, the body height decreases, and the smaller surface of the body touches the ground.
If you can not otherwise, sit with your feet as close as possible to your body. In no case do not bend.
In the forest, where the trees are of equal height, the danger of lightning is lower. Still, move away from the upward trees and the edge of the forest.
Knock and walk away at least 3 meters from thick trees. It’s better to get rid of it than to look for protection under low and thick bushes.
How to behave during a storm indoors?
If the building is equipped with a lightning rod, which has been built in accordance with applicable regulations, there is no danger for people and equipment in the building during the storm.
However, avoid keeping near the windows, open doors, metal pillars and objects such as taps, sockets and electrical switches, do not use your phone and mobile phone during a storm.
For older buildings or in buildings where there is no lightning conductor or need to be repaired, the following rules apply:
– Avoid contact with all metal parts that are connected to the outside of the building: electrical, gas, telephone, water supply, antenna installation, central heating installation.
– Do not use a fixed phone or mobile phone.
– Extract electric and antenna modem outlet from more expensive electrical appliances such as: TV, radio, computer, printer, fax.
– Do not shower or bathe, do not wash the laundry or dishes.
– In stone and wooden houses, which do not have lightning protection, the most secure place is the middle of the house in a crocheted position.
– Move away from the metal parts of the fence.