Top 3 Monsoon Safety Tips for Prescott
Did you know? On average, over 1.5 million lightning strikes occur in Arizona each year during the monsoon season. During Arizona monsoons, lightning strikes, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding and extreme heat have caused an average of ten deaths and sixty injuries along with tens of millions of dollars of damage each year according to the National Climatic Data Center. And with monsoon season in full effect, the southwest and Prescott residents alike are hit by severe weather related dangers. So here are the top 3 monsoon safety tips for Prescott to help save lives and minimize property damage.
1.) Flash flood fixes: More deaths each year occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in cars that are swept downstream. So if you live in a flood prone area, have an evacuation plan, know where to find high ground, and be prepared with materials such as sandbags, plywood, and plastic sheeting to make quick repairs after a severe storm.
2.) Leave lightning alone: There is no place outside that is safe from a lightning strike, so don’t stop to try to catch photos of lightning storms. It’s not worth the risk. When a storm approaches go to a nearby large substantial building or a fully-enclosed metal-topped vehicle. Remaining indoors at least thirty minutes after seeing the last lightning and hearing the last thunder to eliminate the risk at the end of storms. And please don’t forget to bring pets indoors as lightning and thunder are very scary for pets, and they are likely to panic or even run away.
3.) Power through power outages: You never know when a monsoon storm could lead to a power outage so it’s best to be as prepared as possible. Have flashlights, batteries, candles and matches in an easy to find location or dispersed throughout your home, and make sure everyone in your home knows where to find these items. Protect sensitive electrical equipment by installing power protection devices and unplugging sensitive electronics before the storm arrives.
Remember, being prepared and taking precaution during monsoon season could save your life and the lives of those your care about. Share the top 3 monsoon safety tips for Prescott with your friends and family and stay safe!
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