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How to stay safe during the storm

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April 5, 2008

Sylvester -- Burnt remains are all that's left after a single lightning hit the TV antenna on the roof of the bedroom. Sylvester Firefighters got the call a little after seven this morning and took down the blaze that was ignited by a force of nature in a matter of seconds.

Now a portion from this 103-year-old house on 605 North West Berry street is a pile of molten items, ash and water. "If the house does get hit, you want to shut the power to the main breaker. And get 9-1-1 in route for any type of structure fire," said Dougherty EMS Assistant Supervisor, Sam Allen.

Fortunately no one was hurt during the fire or storm because they were indoors, but being inside doesn't guaranteed safety.  "Lightening can hit a tree that's root is winding into a water line. So you don't want to be around anything that is metal," said Allen.

This includes stoves, sinks and telephones. "Telephone lines, lightning can definitely go through it. I have seen a phone line actually get burned by fire. Cordless phones are a little bit better because they are not attached to anything, but are still dangerous," said Allen.

And if someone is struck by lightening call 9-1-1 and immediately conduct CPR. "Early CPR saves lives," said Allen.

All weather warnings should be taken seriously. "Listen out for the emergency sirens. If you have a question contact your local 9-1-1 center. Follow all weather alerts. Take them seriously. They're real and it happens," said Allen.

Doing this will prevent it from happening to you. It is also recommended that you suspend any outdoor plans for 30 minutes after you have heard the last rumble of thunder to prevent getting struck.

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