Severe storms: stay away from trees, ban umbrellas, avoid using your phone… how to protect yourself from bad weather ?

Severe storms: stay away from trees, ban umbrellas, avoid using your phone... how to protect yourself from bad weather ?

Météo-France a placé 34 départements en vigilance orange face aux risques d’orages ce samedi 29 juin. ILLUSTRATION MAXPPP – Celik Erkul

Electric shocks, burns, fires… Thunderstorms can cause serious consequences. Midi Libre summarizes the good reflexes to adopt to protect yourself against the risks of violent storms, while 28 departments are on orange alert this Saturday, June 29.

The sky will rumble this Saturday June 29 over a large part of France. Météo-France has placed 28 departments on orange alert while storms threaten to be locally very violent. "A storm can always be dangerous at a given point, due to the power of the phenomena it produces and their random nature", recalls the meteorological site.

Whoever says storm often says lightning (what we see in the cloud mass), thunder (which we hear more or less far away) but also lightning, when’ lightning hits the ground. This phenomenon which is characterized by an intense electrical discharge which can kill a man or an animal, burn a tree, cause fires or even damage an aircraft.

How to avoid being a target for lightning ?

To avoid being a target for lightning, you should start by avoid planning outdoor activities. Some expose you particularly to lightning strikes, such as fishing, swimming, boating, cycling, golf, mountaineering, as well as electrical work or roof repairs. In short, any presence in open spaces should be avoided.

If you are already outside when a storm breaks out, it is imperative to never take shelter under a tree, especially if the tree is isolated < /strong>or is only part of a small group of trees. In fact, the risk of lightning strikes is approximately 50 times greater. "We must remember to stay away from any structure metal, in particular pylons, posts, fences", in order not to be the victim of electrocution by "touch voltage& ;quot;, also notes the Ministry of the Interior.

Beware of the side flash

If you are in the forest during the storm, be sure to move three meters away from the trunks. This distance is also recommended between people if you are in a group. The risk of a person being struck by lightning can be spread to their neighbors by a spark crossing the gap between people who are too close together: this phenomenon is called "lateral lightning".< /p>

In the mountains, it is recommended to avoid ridges and peaks, particularly exposed to lightning strikes. If you are keen on mountaineering or mountain hiking, you would do better to wait for the best weather conditions to plan an outing. After the death of five people in two days in the Alps, the authorities are calling for the greatest caution this weekend.

Inside, unplug electrical appliances. Close doors and windows securely. Do not use the television or computer and limit the use of your phone, as power surges caused by lightning can cause serious damage to your devices.

Not all shelters are desirable

A storm breaking out makes you want to run for your life ? Bad idea. "Never stand with your legs apart, nor walk with long strides when you find yourself in a storm. We then risk being concussed, or even electrocuted", advises the Interior.

On the contrary, it is better to walk slowly and &quot ;if there is no shelter, s’squat on the ground, with your feet on an insulating material ( raincoat, backpack, rope, etc.) and tuck your head into your shoulders", advise the firefighters.

Not all shelters are desirable either: an umbrella, a tent or a telephone booth are very bad ideas. On the other hand, you can find refuge in a closed car, or in a concrete place.

What to do if you witness a lightning accident?

And if you witness an accident due to lightning, call for help immediately by dialing 18 or 112. Check the victim’s condition. You will not be in any danger by touching it. The current only passed through the victim, who did not retain any electrical charge inside him. If she is breathing, place her in the side safety position (PLS). If, on the contrary, she is no longer breathing, perform cardiac massage or use a defibrillator if possible.

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