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Play It Safe! 5 Storm Safety Tips for Kids

The U.S. has seen its fair share of severe weather this Spring, and it doesn’t look like it will be letting up anytime soon.  We wanted to pass along a few tips to help keep you and your family safe when the weather turns for the worst:

1.       Disaster Supply Kit – Whether you purchase one or make your own, make sure your kit includes the following:

a.       Flashlight(s)

b.       Battery-operated Radio

c.       Extra batteries

d.       First Aid supplies like bandages

e.       Blanket(s)

f.        Bottle(s) of water

g.       Snacks

h.       Baby wipes – in case running water is lost and it becomes days since your last shower.

 

2.       If you can hear thunder, you’re in danger of lightning:

a.       If you’re outdoors –

    i.      Get away from trees or tall objects like flagpoles

   ii.      Get out of any water like pools, lakes, rivers, ocean and even puddles.

  iii.      Avoid metal. Stay away from fences and even abandon your backpack as it may have metal on it.

  iv.      Try to find a sturdy place for shelter. Avoid sheds, bleachers, and dugouts.

b.      If you’re indoors –

   i.      Avoid using water if at all possible.

  ii.      Avoid using electrical appliances such as computers and appliances.  Unplug as many electrical devices as you can to prevent electrical surge.

 iii.      Stay away from windows, doors and porches. 

 iv.       Use flashlights instead of candles in the event power is lost.

  v.      Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer – this keeps the chilled air inside and food fresher for longer.

3.       Do not play around portable generators or heaters.

4.       For severe storms, put on your shoes and a helmet.

5.       Avoid downed power lines. If the power is out at your home, be extremely cautious when venturing outside after the storm to survey any damage as that power line could be closer than you think!

 

 

 

 

The Weather Channel is an excellent source of additional information regarding storm preparedness and understanding watches and warnings.  Playing it safe and being prepared is key to keeping your family as safe as possible.