Norfolk County, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment
is reminding anyone who works outdoors or is caught outdoors during a lightning
storm to take immediate cover. The OPP is also warning parents and caregivers of
young children not to allow them to play outside in the warm rain during an electrical
Every year in Canada, 6-10 people are killed and another 150-160 persons are injured
as a result of lightning strikes according to Environment C anada. Everyone needs
to have a safety plan in place regarding electrical storms and review it annually.
Having a safety plan will help to reduce risk and injury caused by lightning.
There is no safe place to be outside. If you can hear thunder, it is your warning
that you are within striking distance of lightning. Immediately go to a well-constructed
building or a fully-enclosed metal top vehicle. Do not run under a tree or to a
shelter that isn't grounded such as; a covered picnic shelter, carport, tent, baseball
dugout, as well as other non-metal buildings (sheds and greenhouses).
If you are caught out in the open remember that lightening generally strikes higher
ground and prominent objects. Therefore you are encouraged to take shelter in low-lying
areas such as valleys or ditches but watch for flooding.
If you are with a group of people in an open area such as a soccer pitch or other
venue, spread out, crouch down on the balls of your feet immediately, with your
feet together, place your arms around your knees and bend forward. Be the smallest
size possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Don't lie flat!
The OPP continually works with our Community Partners to help promote safety. Lightning
is extremely dangerous and caution must always be exercised to prevent injury and
death. Safety doesn't happen by accident.
Learn more about hazards from Environment Canada at: Lightning
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