Elder Care in Transfer, PA: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

It should come as a surprise to no one that lightning is a dangerous and formidable force. The sheer amount of electricity that is in lightning is astonishing, and it poses a very serious risk to anyone in the vicinity of the strikes. Every year about 37 people are killed by lightning strikes or by fires that have been directly caused by lightning striking a building or other object near them. It is critical to understand and respect lightning, and have a grasp of lightning safety in order to stay safe and secure when storms arise. As summer is the most common time for lightning to occur, June features National Lightning Safety Week. This week-long observation is dedicated to encouraging the public to understand how to remain safe when lightning occurs, and what to do should a lightning emergency happen.

Elder Care in Transfer, PAHere are some tips for incorporating lightning safety into your elder care plan:

  • Know that there is no safe place outside when lightning is occurring. The old wisdom of finding a place under a tree is actually extremely dangerous. As soon as you hear thunder or see a lightning bolt, it is important that you get inside.
  • Avoid contact with electronic devices, corded telephones, and plumbing while there is lightning in the area. These devices can conduct the electricity within the lightning and cause fires, physical injury, and even death. Do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm, and avoid the use of his many electronic devices as possible.
  • Find a safe and secure place away from windows and doors. Remain in this secure location for half an hour after you see the final lightning bolt.
  • If you hear a lightning strike in your home, the flames, or smell smoke, evacuate your home as quickly as possible and seek other shelter. Make sure that the smoke detectors in your home are in good working order before the first storm of the season.
  • If you suspect that your home has been struck by lightning, contact the local fire department as soon as possible and let them know what happened. They can evaluate your home for hidden fires, hotspots, or other dangers so that they can be addressed promptly and effectively.
  • After the storm has passed, call a licensed electrician to evaluate the wiring in your home to determine if the lightning strike has caused any serious damage.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Transfer, PA and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.