Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lightning Safety Tips

Late Friday afternoon a severe thunderstorm moved through our area bringing cooler temperatures and a half inch of much needed rain. I was shocked and saddened to learn later that six of our Holstein dairy cows that were eating at a feed wagon in the pasture had been struck and killed instantly by lightning. Although there was nothing we could have done to prevent this for our cattle, it is a reminder of unexpected danger and injuries that can occur from Mother Nature's power.

After two major lightning strikes on our farm within the last two weeks,I am reminding myself and sharing these lightning safety measures found at

For outdoor safety:
  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a building or a hard-topped vehicle.
  • Do not go under tall trees for shelter.
  • If caught outside away from a building or car, stay clear of water bodies or tall objects. Find a low spot or depression and crouch down as low as possible, but don't lie on the ground.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
For indoor safety:
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items.
  • Stay away from windows and door.
  • Stay off corded phones,computers and other electronic equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing.
  • Avoid washing your hands,bathing,doing laundry or washing dishes.

                                      It's a fact that we can't stop Mother Nature but we can    
                                      follow safety tips to protect ourselves and our families!

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