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November
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posted by: LIT First Aid on: November 09, 2021

Image via Khameko Vilaysing

 

Windstorms are all too common in the fall and winter and are only getting worse due to climate change. If you live in a part of the country affected by high winds, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a windstorm. Below are a few tips on how to safely navigate a windstorm.

 

Secure Your Home

If you hear of a windstorm coming your way and you have the time to do so, secure your home as best you can. This means closing all windows and doors and bringing all outdoor furniture or decor inside. This includes everything from planters to bicycles. Anything that can’t be safely anchored to the ground should be brought indoors.

 

Park Your Car Indoors

Again, if you know a windstorm is coming and have the time to safely do so, park your car indoors, either underground or in your garage. If you don’t have a garage, find a safe place to park your car outside, which means avoiding parking it beneath a tree in case a branch breaks off and damages your vehicle or near a power line that could fall. 

 

Stock Up on Emergency Supplies

Having an emergency kit is a must, especially if you live in storm-prone parts of the country. An emergency kit should consist of money, bottled water, a first aid kit, a portable phone charger, blankets, a flashlight, and non-perishable food. If your emergency kit isn’t up to date, be sure to buy the necessary items before the windstorm hits. 

 

Pull Your Car Over

If you’re driving during a storm, the safest course of action is to pull your car over and find shelter. If it’s too dangerous to leave your vehicle, then remain inside it but make sure to park it away from trees or power lines (anything that could fall over and damage you or your car). If you insist on driving on, reduce your speed and keep plenty of room between yourself and other cars.

 

Get Indoors and Stay Indoors

The most important piece of advice when it comes to staying safe during a windstorm is to get indoors and stay indoors. Ideally, you’ll want to take shelter in a solid building or basement, away from windows and doors.

 

If you find yourself in the midst of a severe windstorm, we recommend following the safety tips above. And to keep yourself and others safe, we also recommend signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life should you find yourself injured following a windstorm.

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