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If you happen to have elections in your country today, please vote! :) [Nov. 7th, 2006|03:35 am]
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And because I care.. another survival tip, for something that you hopefully will never need to use. :)

How to Avoid Being Struck by Lightning

Lightning causes more casualties annually in the U.S. than any other storm-related phenomenon except floods. No place is completely safe from lightning. However, some places are more dangerous than others.

1. Loud or frequent thunder indicates that lightning activity is approaching. If you can see lightning and/or hear thunder, you are at risk. High winds, rainfall, and cloud cover often act as precursors to actual cloud-to-ground strikes. Thunderstorms generally move west to east and occur late in the day or in early evening when humidity is highest.

2. When you see lightning, count the seconds until thunder is heard and then divide by five. This will indicate how far the storm is from you in miles. (Sound travels at 1,100 feet per second.)

3. If the time delay between seeing the flash (lightning) and hearing the boom (thunder) is fewer than 30 seconds, seek a safer location immediately.

* Avoid high places, open fields, and ridges above the timberline. If in an open area, do not lie flat—kneel with your hands on the ground and your head low. If you are on a technical climb, sit on a rock or on nonmetallic equipment. Tie a rope around your ankle; this will anchor you if a strike occurs and you are knocked off balance.

* Avoid isolated trees, unprotected gazebos, and rain or picnic shelters, as well as shallow depressions in the earth—current traveling through the ground may use you to bridge the depression.

* Avoid baseball dugouts, communications towers, flagpoles, light poles, metal and wood bleachers, and metal fences. If you are camping, avoid your tent if it is in an open area or under a large tree.

* Avoid golf carts and convertibles.

* Avoid bodies of water: oceans, lakes, swimming pools, and rivers.

4. Wait for the storm to pass. The lightning threat generally diminishes with time after the last sound of thunder, but may persist for more than 30 minutes. When thunderstorms are in the area but not overhead, the lightning threat can exist even when it is sunny, not raining, or when clear sky is visible.

Be Aware

* Large enclosed buildings tend to be much safer than small or open structures. The risk for lightning injury depends on whether the structure incorporates lightning protection, the construction materials used, and the size of the structure.

* Fully enclosed metal vehicles such as cars, trucks, buses, vans, and fully enclosed farm vehicles with the windows rolled up provide good shelter from lightning. Avoid contact with metal or conducting surfaces outside or inside the vehicle.

* When inside, avoid contact with conductive surfaces with exposure to the outside, including the shower, sink, plumbing fixtures, and metal door and window frames.

* Avoid outlets, electrical cords, and wired electrical devices, including telephones, computers, and televisions (particularly cable TVs).

How to Treat Someone Struck by Lightning

1. Call 911 to report the strike and give directions to emergency personnel. With immediate medical treatment, victims can survive an encounter with lightning. If multiple people have been struck, treat the apparently “dead” first. People who are unconscious but still breathing will probably recover on their own.

2. Move to a safer location and avoid getting struck yourself. It is unusual for victims who survive a lightning strike to have major fractures that would cause paralysis or major bleeding complications unless they have suffered a fall or been thrown a distance. Do not be afraid to move the victim rapidly if necessary; individuals who have been struck by lightning do not carry a charge and it is safe to touch them to give medical treatment.

3. In cold and wet environments, put a protective layer between the victim and the ground to decrease the chance of hypothermia, which can further complicate resuscitation. Check for burns, especially around jewelry and watches.

4. If the victim is not breathing, start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Give one breath every five seconds. If moving the victim, give a few quick breaths prior to moving.

5. Determine if the victim has a pulse. Check the pulse at the carotid artery (side of the neck) or femoral artery (groin) for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

6. If no pulse is detected, start cardiac compressions.

7. If the pulse returns, continue ventilation with rescue breathing as needed for as long as practical in a wilderness situation.

8. If a pulse does not return after 20 to 30 minutes of good effort, stop resuscitation efforts. In wilderness areas far from medical care, prolonged basic CPR is of little use—the victim is unlikely to recover if there is no response within the first few minutes.


And that thar is a funny tuna commercial. ;)

[User Picture]From: faerie_mistress
2006-11-07 09:51 am (UTC)
Big bada boom!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 07:58 pm (UTC)
;) True true.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2006-11-07 01:59 pm (UTC)
my ex boyfriend was struck, or in an intimate setting that was struck, three times.

1 - car
2 - gas station
3 - ski lift esque thing on Old Stone Mountain. Why was he and a number of tourists in a ski lift during a storm? I dont know.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:00 pm (UTC)
lol! Smaaaaaart.

Was he okay every time?

Or is the last instance why he's now your ex?
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2006-11-09 12:16 am (UTC)
he was fine, he went to the emergency room for one of them, but was extremely lucky.

i'm not entirely sure if the lightening ever affected his brain.... but if it did, then the answer to your last question is yes ;-)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-09 12:30 am (UTC)
lol, nice. ;)
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-11-07 03:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks :)

Thank you, lol. I'll remember that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanks :)

You're welcome! :)
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-11-07 06:27 pm (UTC)
My greatgrandmother got struck by lighting. In Wyoming, I think.

Personally I think the threat from lightning is overrated. I usually just stand outside shaking my fist at the sky and screaming "come and get me!". I ain't scared.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oof! Was Great Grandma okay?

And hah. Nice. I just know that if I did that mamaNature or God or whoever is behind the storm would be all too happy to oblige.. I leave my fist pointing downward. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-11-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she was fine. She lived to be 96, and that happened when she was a girl.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! Maybe the jolt of lightning made her live longer? I wonder if anyone's done any studies on that sort of thing?
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-11-08 08:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know. It could be.

Although if I had to bet I'd say she lived so long mostly because she ate almost nothing but steamed vegetables and did a daily excercise routine into her 90's. She only stopped when the alzhiemer's got bad and she couldn't take care of herself anymore.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 09:56 pm (UTC)
Aww. Poor thing. Alzheimers is terrible. :( Amazing she took such good care of herself though, up to that point! I don't eat enough vegetables or exercise enough now, and I'm now where near 90.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2006-11-08 10:00 pm (UTC)
Same here. I should probably follow her example more. But personally I'm only interested in staying alive as long as I've got my mind. When that starts to go it'll be time to validate my "go see Jesus" ticket.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
Me too.


The idea of that terrifies me.
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From: skittish_derby
2006-11-07 07:13 pm (UTC)
lightning reminds me of my favorite dean koontz book.. lightning means that time travellers are coming!

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Never read it. Good stuff?
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[User Picture]From: tjoel2
2006-11-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
Loved this completely random post!

I've been guilty of a couple of those, "what not to do's" myself. Like watching a thunder storm roll into Sacramento while I was teaching preschool. The kids and I of course all ran outside and climbed up on the jungle gym to get a better look. The METAL jungle gym. OK not the best idea. As the storm was approaching frighteningly close, we all climbed down and ran inside! Yikes!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 08:04 pm (UTC)

And whooopsies. LOL

Funny, though, and everyone was all right in the end.. but that was just waiting to have a picture taken and a caption contest with it.
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[User Picture]From: tjoel2
2006-11-08 08:45 pm (UTC)
Totally! And I can just see myself looking around thinking, "Now who's the responsible party here? Oh crap, that's me!"
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-11-08 09:57 pm (UTC)
LOL. Funny. ;)
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