How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm

Fire Restoration

Thunderstorms can unleash a flurry of dangerous activity, such as lightning strikes, flash floods, tornados, wind gusts, and hail. In 2020, 17 people were reported killed by lightning in the United States, and 53 sustained injuries. Flash flooding is the deadliest thunderstorm-associated hazard, with more than 140 victims annually.

Thunderstorms can often be frightening, and they can occur at any time of the day or night. To protect yourself during a thunderstorm, here are some safety tips on how to stay safe during a thunderstorm.

If You Are Outdoors

A person walking in the rain during a thunderstorm
When thunder is approaching, go indoors.

Seek Shelter

The most important thing to do is to get inside a secure building. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, in picnic areas, or in convertible automobiles.

If a sturdy shelter is not available, here’s what you can do:

If You Are Indoors

Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Stay in a building’s inner rooms, and keep drapes and blinds closed.

How to stay safe during a thunderstorm
Stay away from windows and doors during a thunderstorm.

After a Thunderstorm

Once the storm has passed, there are things you can do to stay safe.

Your safety is a top priority when a thunderstorm occurs. Be sure to monitor and protect those around you, too. Children are especially vulnerable during thunderstorms, so ensure they’re comfortable in the event of danger.

If you experience flood, water, or mold damage to your home as a result of a thunderstorm, visit our website or call (800) 775-7876 to get connected with your local PuroClean office today. Our experts are available 24/7 to assist you.

Last edited on 6th of April 2022

Contact Your Local Office