Just Catamarans Presents: Toolbox Talk
Lightning is a natural force of electricity in the atmosphere with heat exceeding 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit striking at speeds reaching 90,000 miles per second.
How do you know if you are in danger?
- You see lightning or hear thunder.
- You hear loud static on your radio or feel static in the air
- You hear buzzing sounds on radio
- Mast heads begin to glow: lightning may strike 5 minutes after it begins to glow
What happens to your body when struck by lighting?
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory arrest
- Severe Burns
- Bursted blood vessels
- Brain Damage
- Ruptured Ear Drums
- Skin Burns
- Deep entry and
- exit wounds
25% of survivors have long term psychological or physiological trauma. While an average of 100 deaths occur per year in the US from lightning.
What to do when there is lightning?
WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!
1. At the first sound of thunder, get off the boat.
2. Take shelter in a large building or a car.
3. Stay there until 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard.
Warning!: Golf carts are not qualified as a vehicle and are very unsafe in this instance.
What to avoid during a storm
- Avoid areas where you feel static.
- Avoid hiding under a tree during a thunderstorm.
- Avoid Water, high ground, open fields and open spaces.
- Avoid touching anything that is metal such as railings, scaffolds, tools, etc
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