For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. July 16, 2014. It’s not unusual for monsoonal weather patterns to pay Northern Nevada a visit this time of year bringing heavy rain, wind, thunder and sometimes lightning. Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District wants to make sure people are taking extra precautions when thunderstorms threaten. When there is thunder and lightning in your area, you should turn off your computers and stay off corded phones and other devices that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing.
“We appreciate the public’s help looking for lightning-sparked fires, but before calling 911, please look at the area for awhile and watch for any smoke or fire,” said TMFPD Chief Charles Moore. “If you see smoke or fire from a lightning strike, having an accurate location is very helpful, such as 200 yards north of my residence at 1234 Elm Street, for example.”
Safety tips during thunderstorms:
- If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter.
- Do not go under trees for shelter. No place is safe outside during thunderstorms.
- Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving shelter.
- Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.
For more safety tips head to www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/Lightning_Safety.pdf.