Lightning Safety Myths and Facts

March 6, 2021

Check out some lightning Myths versus Facts from the National Weather Service

Myth: If you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn’t make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones, Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.
Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.
Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart
Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: “It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe, to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education.” Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

Myth: A High Percentage of Lightning Flashes Are Forked.
Fact: Many cloud-to-ground lightning flashes have forked or multiple attachment points to earth. Tests carried out in the US and Japan verify this finding in at least half of negative flashes and more than 70% of positive flashes. Many lightning detectors cannot acquire accurate information about these multiple ground lightning attachments. Source: Termination of Multiple Stroke Flashes Observed by Electro- Magnetic Field: 1998, Ishii, et al. Proceedings 1998 Int’l Lightning Protection Conference, Birmingham UK, Sept. 1998.

Myth: Lightning Can Spread out Some 60 Feet After Striking Earth.
Fact: Radial horizontal arcing has been measured at least 20 m. from the point where lightning hits ground. Depending on soils characteristics, safe conditions for people and equipment near lightning termination points (ground rods) may need to be re-evaluated. Source: 1993 Triggered Lightning Test Program: Environments Within 20 meters of the Lightning Channel and Small Are Temporary Protection Concepts: 1993, SAND94-0311, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque NM.

Find some Lightning Safety tips here and download a free 67-page PDF portion of our preparedness and first aid ebook.

Resources:

• National Weather Service Lightning Safety

• NWS Toolkit for Counties and Communities, Stadiums, Parks and Large Venues, and Golf Courses

• NWS Tools for Teachers  


Be prepared to test for #COVID19 anytime and have a plan to keep employees and customers safe

February 1, 2021

Note: This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no extra cost to you.

Being prepared and having a plan to keep staff and customers safe during this health emergency is vital to any company’s (and community’s) long-term success.

A recent survey shows an overwhelming 82% of employees and 77% of customers would feel more comfortable if they knew employees were being tested for the COVID virus.

Now businesses, schools, churches, agencies, groups and families can get an affordable FDA Authorized test to help determine whether someone has been exposed to the virus within the past 4 to 24 days.

This rapid test reliably identifies IgG and IgM antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 in a blood sample drawn with a finger prick in 11 to 15 minutes with an online clinician.

ACT’s rapid test kits are currently 70% off so is less than $15 each (sold in groups of 3 kits for $44.55) … plus each kit includes a free month of Telemedicine services from Health Alliance Network.

And COVID COVERED Window Stickers are now included with every box of 25 Kits order so employees and customers feel reassured about safely returning to your business with added oversight of testing by HAN’s clinical assistants.

ACT also has an Affiliate Program so groups, volunteers and individuals can earn over 13% of kit orders (and get commissions on 4 levels) and it’s FREE to join!

Learn more at Fedhealth.net or call 520.907.2153 with any questions or needs.

Proceeds benefit the U.S. First Responders Association


USFRA Family Preparedness and First Aid $5 ebook helps you prepare for emergencies and disasters + supports America’s first responders

January 13, 2021

No matter where you live there is a chance some type of disaster or emergency can (or at some time will) occur.

Whether it’s a flood, fire, hurricane, a chemical spill forcing an evacuation, active shooter scenario, civil unrest or your child getting a bloody nose … stuff happens.

The question is … what are YOU gonna do about it?

U.S. First Responders Association’s custom 286-page PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual provides families with instructional tips in 2-color format about what to think about and do before, during and after many types of emergencies and disasters, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

If more people would learn how to prepare themselves and their loved ones, it could alleviate some problems, fear and stress in the U.S. and Canada, plus lessen the burden on first responders.

Download a free 65-page portion of USFRA’s Family Preparedness guide and order the full interactive 286-page PDF for only $5.00 U.S. (~70% off) at fedhealth.net and proceeds benefit USFRA.


New Affiliate programs associated with our It’s A Disaster! ebook and Covid Rapid Test kits

January 10, 2021
Fedhealth affiliate programs

We now have 2 Affiliate Program options using an easy web link you can put on a site and/or blog to earn money.

One is associated with our PDF ebook (more below) … and one we’re doing with Covid Rapid Test Kits (for antibodies) deeply discounted for businesses, agencies and families. (Note: This affiliate program / product is no longer available as of May 2021.)

The Affiliate Program associated with our 284-page IT’S A DISASTER! ebook lets volunteers, groups, businesses and individuals earn 30% or $1.50 on each $5.00 digital ebook sold. (We also pay $$ on referred bulk ebook and bulk paperback orders.)

Our ebook suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section on basic first aid.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net and Join our ebook Affiliate Program on e-Junkie now!

Also check out our other funding ideas in case they can help you or others, and please help spread the word.


New price on It’s A Disaster! ebook means more money for affiliates

January 10, 2021

We are changing the price of our 284-page PDF version of IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual to $5.00 U.S. (still ~70% off list) and discounting it as low as $2.00 in bulk with free customization.

Although price increases are never fun, in this case it’s good news for volunteers, schools, groups and individuals since there is more money available for them.

Our ebook (and book) provides quick-reference instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section about basic first aid.

And our new Affiliate Program lets groups, bloggers and others earn 30% or $1.50 of each $5 PDF ebook order using a special web link on your site or blog.

Learn more and download a free 67-page portion of the 284-page PDF ebook at fedhealth.net


It’s A Disaster! ebook revised Nov 2020 and 284-pg PDF still only $3 or less

December 2, 2020

We recently revised our PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual, and still offer the 284-page ebook for only $3 U.S. (over 80% off list) or less on our site.

Our interactive reference manual suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios and more), and has bulleted instructions on how to administer basic first aid.

Fedhealth also offers unlimited customization on the ebook in bulk for as low as $1 each and they make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, students, customers and local communities. Plus the sole-source customizable ebook (and paperback) can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net


New bulk price on It’s A Disaster! paperback as of 1-Dec-2020

December 1, 2020

For over 2 decades Fedhealth has discounted our disaster preparedness and first aid manual over 70% off the $14.99 list in bulk to agencies, businesses, nonprofits, volunteers, schools and others, but unfortunately freight costs are causing us to adjust price a bit to help offset the losses.

As of December 1, 2020 our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! paperback (either standard red books or custom printed ones in bulk) are $5.00 U.S. each delivered (in CONUS) on 10 or more copies.

We still provide FREE customization — either with peel & stick labels on our standard red books … or … you can personalize book covers and first 12 full color glossy pages in the print process on 1,000 or more copies.

And, if you need extra pages in front or back of custom printed books, we can add up to 288 extra glossy pages, and per book price depends on quantity of extra pages and total custom books you’re doing. (But we’ll help all we can – just ask!)

And keep in mind our 284-page PDF ebook is only $3 each and comes with unlimited customization in bulk as low as $1 each.

Books and ebooks can be given away to employees, volunteers, members, students, customers and communities, and the customizable sole source products qualify for most every grant available and provide tons of match.

Learn more at www.fedhealth.net or call Fedhealth at 520.907.2153 and let’s collaborate to help our nation get more prepared for emergencies and disasters.  


Give a gift and get a gift and support First Responders

November 30, 2020

Here’s a great idea for #GivingTuesday or anytime … if you GIVE a gift, you GET a gift, and your donation supports America’s First Responders!

Click on the graphic to learn more about each gift associated with each donation value, and scroll down to learn more about USFRA.

The U.S. First Responders Association (USFRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional and social network of fire, EMS, law enforcement, 911/dispatch, and military personnel, as well as veterans and civilian volunteers. USFRA brings together professionals from many diverse fields to strengthen safety initiatives, share knowledge and expertise, develop training programs, and combine efforts to maximize community outreach programs.

Learn more at www.usfra.org/n/Donate


USFRA Halloween 2020 Photo Contest

October 22, 2020

Join us in the U.S. First Responders Association’s Halloween 2020 Photo Contest by sharing your family Halloween pics before October 31, 2020 for a chance to win prizes..!

On November 1, we’ll randomly draw 3 names / winners from photos posted in comments and on USFRA Facebook page and other social media ids.

Prizes eligible for U.S. residents only – click below to learn more or visit USFRA.org . Good luck! ~ j & B


Show your support for #BreastCancerAwareness Month with USFRA #ThinkPink shirts and help first responders

October 18, 2020

First Responders (esp. firefighters) face many types of health issues since they are exposed to multiple toxins throughout their careers, so #BreastCancerAwareness month is very near and dear to our hearts since our nonprofit’s CEO is a retired Fire Captain.

Although October is the official #ThinkPink month, many first responders hold awareness campaigns year-round with pink shirts, uniforms and apparatus while doing educational events and fundraisers to help spread the word.

U.S. First Responders Association now has 3 t-shirts available to support breast cancer awareness and proceeds benefit first responders.

Learn how to order USFRA shirts for yourself and/or your family, cancer survivor warriors, staff and others at www.usfra.org/listings

About USFRA

The U.S. First Responders Association(USFRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional and social network of fire, EMS, law enforcement, 911/dispatch, and military personnel, as well as veterans and civilian volunteers. USFRA brings together professionals from many diverse fields to strengthen safety initiatives, share knowledge and expertise, develop training programs, and combine efforts to maximize community outreach programs. They are one of the few national nonprofits that embrace all aspects of first response.  www.usfra.org and www.myusfra.org


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