It’s thunderstorm season in Addison. A thunderstorm is categorized as a storm with thunder and lightning, usually accompanied by rainfall or hail. Thunderstorms can be highly threatening, but there is no need to worry as long as you know the proper protocols to protect yourself, your homes, and your vehicles from storms and hail. Are you prepared for the Texas storm season?
How to stay safe before a thunderstorm:
The first thing you’ll need to do is monitor the local weather in North Texas. Keep an eye on weather apps and news channels to ensure you stay up to date. Ensure you are prepared for any potential power outages by having backup electronic charges and sources of lighting, such as flashlights and candles. In case of a power outage, keep a supply of bottled water and pantry foods on hand.
Next, survey your outdoor home space. If you have any outdoor furniture that may become unstable during a storm, be sure to bring it inside or securely tie it down. Ensure that you have safe parking indoor spaces for your vehicles.
How to stay safe during a thunderstorm:
Once a thunderstorm becomes active, immediately seek shelter inside a sturdy building. Steer clear of windows and move to the lowest possible floor. If available, a basement works best. Hold off on using running water and any tools attached to an outlet, as this could be dangerous when lightning strikes.
If, in any event, you are in a vehicle when a thunderstorm hits, travel as quickly as you can to the nearest safe building. If you are, for some reason, unable to reach an indoor space, it is safer to pull over, and remain in your car until the storm subsides, rather than being outside. Avoid large trees as branches may break.
How to stay safe after a thunderstorm:
The storm has now passed, and it is safe to return outdoors! However, there are still ways to protect you from danger post-thunderstorms. The most important key is to avoid any fallen power lines, wires, or objects related to electricity. These have the potential to electrocute you.
If you had a power outage, make sure to check your refrigerator. There is a chance your food may have warmed, especially with the North Corridor heat. If this has happened, throw it away, as there is a risk of contracting food poisoning.