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August 21, 2019 - Lightning Safety Outdoors
’Tis the season for lightning! The last few weeks here in SE PA have allowed Mother Nature to show her force. Heavy rain…loud thunder…and lots of lightning. Here are some tips that can help you keep safe if you’re caught outside during one of these storms.
If you can, find indoor shelter. A building or vehicle with a hardtop is great, just keep the windows closed. It’s further suggested to wait 30 minutes after the storm passes before venturing out. Avoid tents, pavilions or other outdoor structures.
Since lightning tends to strike high points, so if you cannot get to indoor shelter…a low, unexposed point can help protect from lightning strikes.
Finally, start away from tall objects. Flagpoles, telephone poles, fences, antennas and the like can act as lightning rods. It’s also a good idea to set up local weather alerts on your smartphone so that you can avoid being outside when a storm like this is nearby.
August 14, 2019 - Stow It!!
We continue the distracted driving theme this time, with a simple idea that could help you avoid being distracted while driving.
As a waitress on a certain TV show used to say.."Stow It"!
First, place your cellphone in your purse or briefcase. If you don’t use either of these, perhaps placing your phone in the console or glove compartment is a good idea.
Or…simply turn it off.
There’s no doubt that everyone is connected these days via their cell phone, but your safety…and everyone else’s safety is more important than a missed call or text.
Any of these ideas can help you from being distracted while driving.
August 7, 2019 - Every Second Matters!
Distracted driving is a common and dangerous occurrence on today’s roads. Traveler’s Institute Every Second Matters initiative recognizes that every driver, passenger and pedestrian has a role to play in making a positive change when it comes to distracted driving.
For example, in the state of Georgia, 74% of fatal crashes were directly attributed to one of three things: speed, impaired driving and distracted driving. Some believe that distracted driving contributes more than the other two combined.
We’ve said it before, but it bears saying again. When you’re behind the wheel….driving IS the activity..