Safety Tips: Lightning and Tornadoes

Lightning Safety
With the warm weather upon us, so too are thunderstorms. When thunder roars, go indoors:

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy brick building
  • Stay away from tall objects such as trees, hydro poles, wires and fences
  • Use a hard-top vehicle – avoid touching metal components
  • Wait 30 minutes after the last roar of thunder before going outside – lightning can strike up to 20 kilometres away out of the back or sides of a storm system

Tornado Safety
The first tornado, an EF1, of the 2014 season occurred in Mildmay, ON on May 13. Do you know what to do?

If you’re inside a building:

  • Go to the lowest level of the building if possible, and stay away from exterior walls and windows
  • Close all doors to rooms with exterior windows
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms, and stay low to the ground
  • Do not leave the place of refuge until an all clear is given

If you’re caught outside:

  • Move away from your vehicle
  • Lay flat, face down in a low depression of land or ditch
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms
  • Do NOT seek shelter under bridge overpasses or stay inside your vehicle

If a tornado appears to be standing still, it is coming directly towards you. Take safety measures immediately.

Always listen to the weather forecast and plan your activities accordingly. Make sure you have a 72-hour emergency kit in your house and an emergency vehicle kit in your car.

Stay safe and have a great summer!

Sharon Walker
Manager of Emergency Planning
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service

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