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Stay Safe This Summer: Lightning Safety Awareness for FloriFence Customers

Here in beautiful Florida, sunny days and outdoor activities are practically a way of life. But with those afternoon thunderstorms comes a hidden danger: lightning. Did you know Florida leads the nation in lightning fatalities? This June 23rd-29th marks National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and FloriFence wants to make sure our customers are prepared to stay safe this summer.

Why is Florida a Lightning Hotspot?

Florida’s nickname, “The Sunshine State,” isn’t just for show. Our warm, humid climate creates the perfect breeding ground for powerful thunderstorms. Combined with our flat landscape with few tall structures, people are more exposed to lightning strikes.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

The most important lightning safety tip is simple: seek shelter immediately when you see lightning or hear thunder. Lightning can strike even miles away from where rain is falling, so don’t wait until the downpour starts!

Safe Havens During a Storm: Sturdy buildings are the best protection. The next best place to be for protection is a hard-topped vehicle. Stay away from convertibles or open-air shelters.

Places to Avoid When Lightning Strikes:

Open areas: Fields, beaches, and any open space make you the tallest object and a prime target.

Tall trees: Lightning often strikes the highest point.

Water: Avoid swimming pools, lakes, or even standing under an umbrella.

Porches, balconies, and open-air shelters: These offer little protection.

Additional Safety Tips:

Plan ahead: Check the weather forecast before heading outdoors and have a plan to get to shelter quickly.

Monitor the weather: While enjoying outdoor activities, stay aware of changing weather conditions.

The 30-30 Rule: Wait 30 minutes after you see the last flash of lightning or hear thunder before resuming outdoor activities.

If caught outside: If you can’t reach safe shelter, crouch low on the balls of your feet, tuck your head, and minimize your body contact with the ground.

Lightning Safety at Home:

Even indoors, lightning can pose a threat. Here’s how to stay safe:

Avoid electrical appliances and plumbing: Don’t use corded phones, electronics, or take showers during a storm.

Surge protectors: Consider using surge protectors for valuable electronics.

Unplug unnecessary appliances: Reduce the risk of electrical surges by unplugging non-essential appliances.

Working Together for a Safe Summer

By following these simple lightning safety tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of injury. At FloriFence, the safety of our customers is our top priority. While we specialize in beautiful fencing solutions, creating a safe outdoor space also means being aware of potential dangers.

Remember, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Make National Lightning Safety Awareness Week a reminder to educate yourself and your family about staying safe during Florida’s summer storms. Let’s all work together to enjoy a fun and safe summer season!

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