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915 AM CDT Fri Jun 27 2014

...Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week...

This week is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Temperatures
are on the rise and thunderstorms can often develop at any time in
the hot, humid air. Now is a good time to remind yourself of the
dangers posed by summer weather, primarily excessive heat and

Lightning is often considered an underrated problem. Lightning
usually claims only one or two victims at a time, and typically
does not cause mass destruction, thus lightning generally receives
much less attention than the more destructive storm-related events.

Here are some basic lightning safety rules.

The best place to be for protection from lighting is a house or
other substantial building. Stay away from windows, doors and metal
pipes. Do not use electric appliances during the storm. Turn off and
unplug sensitive equipment such as televisions and computers.

An enclosed car is a safe place to be regarding lightning. A
convertible is not recommended. Get off heavy equipment such as
tractors and construction equipment.

There is no safe place outside from lightning. The following may
slightly lessen your chances of being struck, but do not kid
yourself. There is no safe place outside.

Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or ridge tops.

Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If in a
forest stay near a lower stand of trees.

Stay away from water, wet items such as ropes, and metal objects
such as fences and poles.


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