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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, Daily
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Lightning Injury Prevention

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Though Mercer Island Firefighters rarely respond to injuries as a result of lightning, we often are asked about safe practices when lightning occurs.

 

When Inside:

         Avoid using the telephones or other electrical appliances

         Do not take a bath or shower

 

When Outdoors:

         Seek shelter inside a sturdy building or a hard top automobile with the windows up

         If you are boating or swimming, get out of the water immediately and move to a safe shelter away from the water

         If you are in a wooded area, seek shelter under a thick growth of relatively small trees

         Avoid isolated trees or other tall objects, bodies of water, sheds, fences, convertible automobiles, tractors and motorcycles

         If you feel your hair standing on end, squat down with your head between your knees. Do not lie flat!

 



 

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