Monday, July 10, 2006

Don't Get Zapped By Your High Tech Gadgets

Summer is thunder and lightning season. We know the ususal safety precautions of avoiding water, open spaces, and high ground. We know not to stand near trees or under canopies. We are also supposed to avoid metal objects. But how many of you are aware of your metal appendages like the cell phone, headset, blackberry, etc. ?

There was a recent report from London about a 15 year old girl who was struck by lightning while using her phone. While these incidences are rare they serve as a reminder to exercise caution.

When you see lightning or hear thunder even with out the lightning you should turn off your gadgets and keep them away from your skin. Seek shelter in a solid building or in a car with closed windows. If lightning has hit near you and you are unable to find shelter, then it is advised to crouch down with your feet close together and keep a distance of 15 feet from other people. If you feel your skin tingling or your hair standing, lightning is about to strike you. Drop to the ground immediately.

Those who survive being struck by lightning may suffer a variety of symptoms ranging from neurological to musculoskeletal difficulties.

Take the Lightning Safety Quiz.

Photo: courtesy of China Daily.

6 comments:

Andrey Fedorov said...

On the linked page, after all of the warnings about lightning, there is a link to "Try some lightning experiments next!".

hehehe

Anonymous said...

Great blog!
I really enjoyed looking over your last post. Pet peeve #1 - People with a cellphone plastered to their ear while trying to drive. Don't they realize all they have to do is go to www.bluetoothbargains.comcellphone get a cellphone and make driving alot easier for all of us. Soon laws will require it! Well, keep the great posts coming and I'll be back to check it out.

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Andrey

Very funny! I guess they assume that after all the advice of what to do if lightning hits, we'll be ready to experiment.

Anonymous said...

Whoah!!!

PHORA-HR / SF-HR

seyma said...

thanks for informations.

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