Summer storms and flooding can quickly become dangerous, but staying safe can mean following just a few simple rules when bad weather rolls in.

Summer storms and flooding can quickly become dangerous, but staying safe can mean following just a few simple rules when bad weather rolls in.


During a thunderstorm


- If thunder can be heard, lightning is close enough to strike.


- No place outside is safe from lightning. A suitable shelter can be a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle with the windows rolled up.


- Never use a tree as shelter. A ditch or area with lower elevation is ideal.


- Stay away from bodies of water, including swimming pools and lakes, as well as metallic objects such as fences or power lines.


- Stay away from windows and doors, and remain off porches.


- Avoid resting on or against concrete floors and walls.


- Stay away from corded phones, computers or other electrical equipment.


- Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets.


During flooding


- Have a professional look at all appliances such as refrigerators, furnaces or water heaters if they have been exposed to water.


- If water reaches the controls of a natural gas appliance such as a furnace or water heater, contact your provider to have your gas turned off.


- If a power outage occurs, never use a generator in an enclosed space because of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.


- Keep all electric tools and equipment 10 feet away from water or wet surfaces. Even using them outside on wet ground can be dangerous.


Sources: AmerenCILCO, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service