Summer can bring with it some terrific storms, often without warning, putting all those happy summertime people frolicking outdoors at risk. If you’re stuck outside in a lightning storm, keep  these tips in mind to keep yourself safe.

If you’re outside, the safest thing to do is head inside. Your car is a safe place to be, as is any enclosed structure. Don’t seek shelter under open-sided structures, like a picnic table. These won’t keep you safe. Even if the worst of the storm passes, you still could be in danger. Lightning can strike 6 to 10 miles from the base of the storm cloud. To figure out how far away the storm is, use the flash/bang method. Count how many seconds pass between the lightning flash and the thunder, then divide that number by 5 to figure out how many miles away the storm is.

If there are no shelter options, stay away from tall objects, like lone trees or even people. If you’re in the golf course, get away from your clubs and cart. If you’re swimming, get out of the water. If you’re on a trail, seek shelter under a cluster of short trees, preferably one that is sheltered by a group of taller trees.

Stay away from hills. If you can’t get inside, the safest place to be is in a valley. Get into a baseball catcher’s position with your ears covered and your head between your knees. It’s important to minimize your contact with the ground, so never lie down flat.

Lightning strikes are rare, though not as rare as getting attacked by a shark, getting in a plane crash, or winning the lottery (unfortunately). So know how to protect yourself and get out there and enjoy these last weeks of summer!

J.K. Olivieri Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency founded in 1979 which represents a number of major insurance companies. Our mission is to protect our clients’ financial future. We feel our role as an insurance agency is to assist our clients in selecting the best possible programs to fill their specific needs. In doing so, we shall research and present our clients with the best possible programs available at the best possible prices.

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J.K. Olivieri Insurance Agency, Inc.
64 East Grove Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
Phone: 508-947-1818
Phone: 508-580-0781
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Office opening at 9:00am on February 19, 2019

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