Remember… When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
LAKELAND, FL (June 24, 2014) – Hurricane season is here. In observance of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week which runs from June 22–28, 2014, Lakeland Electric would like to remind you that if you hear thunder, it means lightening is within range of striking. Remember…When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Keep these safety tips in mind the next time a storm approaches:
• NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/overview.htm for more information from the National Weather Service on understanding the lightning threat to minimize your risk.
They also have several tips for what to do when you are outdoors and you can’t easily run inside: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.htm.
About Lakeland Electric: Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889. Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. Lakeland Electric also offers customers some of lowest utility rates in the state of Florida. For more information about Lakeland Electric and the services offered, please visitwww.lakelandelectric.com<http://www.lakelandelectric.com/>.