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Lightning Storm Facts for Kids

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* Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm.
 
* Lightning is caused by an electrical charge in the atmosphere that is unbalanced.
 
* The movement of rain and ice inside a thundercloud creates an electrical charge, with the negative charge (electrons) forming at the bottom of the cloud and the positive charge (protons) forming at the top.
 
* Opposites attract so the negative charge at the bottom of the cloud seeks out a positive charge to connect with.
 
* Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the ground.
 
* When lightning strikes the ground it seeks out the shortest route to something with a positive charge, this might be a tree, a tall building or if they’re very unlucky, a person.
 
* Thousands of people are struck by lightning every year.
 
* Direct lightning strikes are usually fatal.
 
* Lightning rods (also called conductors) are metal rods or similar objects that divert lightning safely to the ground, they can often be seen at the top of tall buildings.
 
* Most lightning occurs over land rather than oceans, with around 70% of it occurring in the Tropics.
 
* There are bolts of lightning striking somewhere on Earth every second.
 
* Lightning strikes usually last around 1 or 2 microseconds.
 
* Lightning contains millions of volts of electricity.
 
* The average temperature of lightning is around 20000 °C (36000 °F).
 
* Lightning is usually produced by cumulonimbus clouds that are very tall and dense.
 
* Lightning can also occur during volcanic eruptions, dust storms, snow storms, forest fires and tornadoes.
 
* The study of lightning is known as fulminology.
 
* Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.
 
 
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Electrical Safety Coloring Page – Storm Safety

 
Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a storm. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not an indication of safety. If you hear thunder, go inside immediately.
 
Indoor Storm Safety Tips
* Once indoors, stay away from windows and doors.
* Do not use corded telephones, except for emergencies. You can use cordless or cellular phones.
* Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives and avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords during storms.
* Avoid contact with plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
* Unplug appliances and electronics in advance of stores to protect them from power surges
* Use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights instead of candles, which can start a fire
* Do not use electric equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
* Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

 
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Hurricane Safety Kit

With Hurricane Joaquin building momentun and category size I decided to dig up an older post on storm safety and what you may need during a storm. While Hurricane Joaquin isn’t expected to make waves in our area, it will be sending alot of rain. And its best to be safe!

 
To get started, you’ll need a big plastic box – one with a lid is best. Use a marker to write “SAFETY KIT” on a big piece of tape and stick on it on the box. Find a good place to keep the box so you can find it quickly when a storm hits. A coat closet or kitchen cabinet might be a spot. Now you’re ready to fill up your box.
 
You Will Need:
*Flashlights
*Battery-operated radio
*Extra batteries
*Small fire extinguisher
*First aid supplies, like bandages
*Blankets
*Bottled water
*Snacks like granola bars and fruit roll-ups
*If you have room, you can add stuff to play with while the lights are out – coloring books and crayons, a deck of cards, puzzles or board games.
**If there’s a baby in your house, keep some extra diapers, wipes and baby food in the safety kit too.

 
Another good thing to keep in your safety kit is a list of important information:
*Emergency telephone numbers, electric company, gas company, neighbors and relatives…
*Medicines that someone in your family might need
*A map of where to find the main shut-offs for the electricity, gas and water
*Instructions on how to open the garage door without the automatic opener
*Old-fashioned phones come in handy

 
It’s also a good idea to have at least one old-fashioned telephone with a cord in your house. If the power is out for a long time, a corded phone might be the only way you can call for help.
 
 
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Electrical Safety Tips During Storms

 
Electricity has become integral to our daily lives and as a nation we have grown accustom to living with and using electricity that we may forget how powerful and dangerous it can be. As the storm season rages on around us we want to remind you of some precautionary measures. Here you will find some useful information about how to avoid electrical accidents especially during inclement weather.
 
**Ensure children are taught the dangers of electricity from a young age to prevent accidents.
 
**Never use appliances with faulty, frayed, exposed or cracked electrical wires.
 
**Switch off power points before plugging or unplugging devices.
 
**Do not attempt repairs of electrical appliances, wires or switches. Call us for your free estimate! 704-821-7005
 
**Never leave your home with heat producing appliances still operating (e.g. oven, microwave, iron, hair styling tools)
 
**Regularly remove any build up of combustible materials such as dust, paper and fabric from around electricity sources and appliances.
 
**Ensure the correct bulb size and rating (watts) is installed into lamps per the manufacturer’s instructions.
 
**Ensure appliances are installed in well ventilated areas to prevent overheating.
 
**Put safety plugs into unused power point sockets to prevent accidental contact.
 
**Install a whole home surge protector. More info on those HERE.
 
**Do not allow liquids to come into contact with power points or sockets.
 
**Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or bare feet.
 
**Ensure electrical cords are kept out of reach of children.
 
**Keep well clear of overhead power lines.

 
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Storm Safety Kit

 
I found a recent article on Alliant Energy about preparing for a storm. You can do this yourself and get your kids involved. Read the full article here.

 
To get started, you’ll need a big plastic box – one with a lid is best. Use a marker to write “SAFETY KIT” on a big piece of tape and stick on it on the box. Find a good place to keep the box so you can find it quickly when a storm hits. A coat closet or kitchen cabinet might be a spot. Now you’re ready to fill up your box.
 
You Will Need:
*Flashlights
*Battery-operated radio
*Extra batteries
*Small fire extinguisher
*First aid supplies, like bandages
*Blankets
*Bottled water
*Snacks like granola bars and fruit roll-ups
*If you have room, you can add stuff to play with while the lights are out – coloring books and crayons, a deck of cards, puzzles or board games.
**If there’s a baby in your house, keep some extra diapers, wipes and baby food in the safety kit too.

 
Another good thing to keep in your safety kit is a list of important information:
*Emergency telephone numbers, electric company, gas company, neighbors and relatives…
*Medicines that someone in your family might need
*A map of where to find the main shut-offs for the electricity, gas and water
*Instructions on how to open the garage door without the automatic opener
*Old-fashioned phones come in handy

 
It’s also a good idea to have at least one old-fashioned telephone with a cord in your house. If the power is out for a long time, a corded phone might be the only way you can call for help.