7/22/2007 - Summer Safety Tips
HACKENSACK OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
| Chief J. Thornton
| Jorge E. Meneses
| Captain F. Longobardi|
Lt. J. Niland
During a Thunderstorm
- Get or stay inside if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder.
- Do not shower or bathe.
- Do not use a corded telephone, except in an emergency. Cell phones and cordless phones are OK to use during a storm.
- Unplug electronics and turn off air conditioners.
- If outside a forest, take shelter under a thick growth of small trees.
- If outside in an open area, move to a low spot such as a ravine or valley–but beware of flash flooding.
- Never stand under a tall, isolated tree, on a hilltop, in an open field, on the beach or near open water.
- Stay away from metal equipment and apparatus such as fences, tractors, pipes and bicycles.
- If swimming or boating, get out of the water immediately and take shelter.
If You’re about to Be Struck
- Feeling your hair stand on end means lightning is about to strike nearby. Make yourself into a small target.
- Squat down on the balls of your feet—do not lie flat on the ground.
- Place your hands over your ears and tuck your head between your knees.
During a Heat Wave
- Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and in the shade if you go outside.
- If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or other public place.
- Wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, which speeds dehydration.
- Never leave children or pets alone in the car.
- Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.
- Take a cool shower or bath.