Thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes are a fact of life in North Carolina during this time of year. As you likely know from personal experience, severe weather can be extremely dangerous. Slick roads, strong winds, lightning, floods and falling objects are common hazards caused by severe weather.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of serious harm during poor weather conditions.
How Can I Improve My Safety During Severe Weather Conditions?
In order to prevent serious injuries during severe weather conditions, you could do the following:
- Drive carefully. If you are caught in a storm while you are already driving, make sure that you are driving safely. Keep your windshield wipers and lights on. Drive at speeds that are safe for the current weather conditions. Distracted driving, such as eating or texting, is far more likely to cause an accident during poor weather conditions. Keep in mind, roads remain slippery after it rains, even hours later.
- Stay home or indoors during severe weather or winds. Wait to leave your home if there are severe winds and/or extremely heavy rain. You could also check the weather beforehand if you need to drive somewhere, especially over a long distance. Many apps use GPS and other features to provide updates on weather conditions in your area.
- Be prepared. Have the proper tools and safety equipment in your car and house. Flashlights, first aid kits, and other items can mean the difference between life and death. The Department of Homeland Security has a comprehensive list of equipment that you may need to prepare for severe weather. Make a checklist of what you would need and buy all of your materials now. Don’t wait until a storm has already arrived.
It is not always possible to prevent injuries and deaths caused by severe weather. However, you may be able to decrease the chances of being injured or killed by preparing for severe weather ahead of time. At Riddle & Brantley, Safety Counts.