WEST DES MOINES – The West Des Moines Fire Department responded to five lightning strikes during Thursday night’s thunderstorms.
Lightning can strike as far as 10 to 15 miles from the area where it is raining. When lightning strikes a house, the electricity often surges through a home’s wiring or plumbing system.
Know what to do to keep you and your family safe.
– Stay away from doors and windows. Stay off porches.
– Unplug valuable electronic devices like TVs and computers or they could be destroyed.
– Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity.
– Do not wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or
wash dishes. You could get electrocuted if you are touching or standing near water.
– If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
– There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm.
– Do not go under trees for shelter.
– If a person or home is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 immediately.