7/22/2007 - Summer Safety Tips

HACKENSACK OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 Chief J. Thornton 
Coordinator
 Jorge E. Meneses
Mayor
 Captain F. Longobardi
Lt. J. Niland
Deputy Coordinators

Summer Safety

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.