Take Precautions Against Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth
It’s summer in DFW, and that probably means you’ve got a lot happening. The long days call for all kinds of fun in the sun—maybe you’re heading to out to the ball field to watch some baseball, or maybe you’re off to splash around in a pool somewhere and cool off. Wherever you’re headed, however, you’d be wise to pack an umbrella.
It seems a little odd, but the sunniest, warmest time of the year is actually a very active time for thunderstorms. Although our rainiest season peaks just before summer, summer still presents plenty of opportunities for storms to form because of the warm air and atmospheric moisture.
Storms can form quickly. If you receive an alert or see dark clouds forming, pay attention and take time to prepare. An NOAA Weather radio can help you stay in touch with up-to-the-minute updates and battery power.
Most of the rainfall in Texas comes in the form of thunderstorms, and dry soil can be as prone to flooding as oversaturated soil.
If flooding is possible, you may need to reschedule your plans or cancel outdoor festivities as a precaution. And check your property for anything that may need to be moved or tied down if heavy rains or winds come.
Getting ready for a storm isn’t as fun as watching Joey Gallo take his best cuts, but it can be the difference between keeping yourself safe or putting yourself in danger. Storms are the root cause of dozens of fatalities every year, and most of those occur because people chose to press their luck instead of playing it safe.
Don’t risk being outdoors during a thunderstorm. The risk of lightning is present until there have been no thunderclaps for at least 30 minutes, so stay inside until the storm has passed on.
Lightning strikes can also present dangers indoors. Avoid showering or taking baths during a storm, and stay clear of windows as well.
Make sure your emergency kit is current and stocked, and consider whether you may need a mobile kit for your vehicle in case you get caught on the road or have to evacuate.
If flooding occurs, stay safe by staying on high ground or the upper level of your house. Don’t drive in it, even with a big truck—a foot of water can carry away a truck or SUV. And don’t touch floodwater if you can help it, because it is often full of contaminants and chemical dangers.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.