Summer Storm Season is Upon Us – Are You Ready?

Lightning Safety Tips

Before Lightning Strikes

•Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for sounds of thunder.

•If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe shelter immediately.

•Monitor weather forecasts.

When a Storm Approaches

•Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed.

•Avoid telephone lines, metal pipes, the telephone and electrical appliances.

•Avoid taking a shower or a bath or running water for any other purpose.

•Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can over load the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job.

•Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering in your home.

If Caught Outside

•If you are in the woods, take shelter under shorter trees.

•If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find the nearest shelter immediately.

•Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not prone to flooding.

•Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.

After the Storm Passes

•Stay away from storm-damaged areas.

•Listen to the radio for information and instructions.

If Someone is Struck by Lightning

•People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.

•Call 9-1-1 immediately.

•The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned, both where they were struck and where the electricity left their body. Check for burns in both places.

•Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
 
All of the health and safety tips listed above are good to know and a great way to keep yourself and your family safe this summer in case of stormy weather…  Are you doing anything to protect the technology your business uses every day in case of lightning, flooding, strong winds, damaging hail, etc?  Chances are good you may not have ever given it a second thought – you know that sometimes your phone lines go down, but that shouldn’t affect your phone system, Right???
Wrong.  In a severe storm, you run the risk of losing a big chunk of your technology investment along with customers when they can’t reach you after the storm.  Protect your investment with Disaster Recovery, Hosted On-Site Phone Systems (whcih provide full coverage of your equipment – including acts of GOD) and lightning protection.  Don’t leave your business vulnerable as we enter the sometimes stormy summer months.  Contact Phones Plus today to learn more about some great solutions to summer storms and all the damage they can do. 

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