It’s that time of year when we notice large cumulous clouds forming around southern California. And I love a good thunderstorm!

But remember, “these clouds can produce lightning, thunder, hail and heavy rain reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”

Pay attention to weather forecasts and remember “when thunder roars, head indoors” as a safety precaution. There is no place outside that’s safe when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, that means lightning is close enough to strike you.

• Stay indoors and away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

• Be proactive. If the forecast calls for possible thunderstorms, you may need to change some of your outdoor plans such as hiking, golf, swimming etc.

• If you are caught outside, immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, ridges or peaks.

• Never shelter under an isolated tree. Get indoors or remain in your car for at least 30 minutes after the storm passes.

• Stay out of areas subject to flooding. This includes low lying areas, canyons, creeks or washes.

• Avoid already flooded areas and do not try to cross a flowing stream either by foot or car. 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake – trying to navigate through floodwaters reminds Chief DiGiovanna.

During storms make sure you bring in your pets!

For additional weather Flash Flood Safety visit: www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

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