An electrical storm in the UK is likely to be less severe than these storms can be in some other countries. There is, however, still a risk of injury if you go out in an electrical storm.
Risks an electrical storm poses
You could, for instance, be:
- Struck by lightning
- Hit by falling or flying masonry, branches or other objects
- Injured by slipping on wet surfaces
- Injured by tripping over debris
Particularly strong winds may, depending where you happen to be, even cause you to lose your balance and be injured by falling from height, such as off a bridge, for instance.
Precautions to take in an electrical storm
While it is obviously best to avoid going out altogether during an electrical storm, this is not always an option. You may also get caught out by a storm while already out. In such cases, prevent personal injuries by:
- Seeking shelter in a solid, enclosed space. If you are out in the countryside and such places cannot be found, go to a low-lying, open space that is well away from trees, metal objects or poles of any kind
- Keeping well away from large areas of water
- Never standing under trees
Should you be caught in a storm while driving, stop somewhere away from tall structures, trees and power lines and stay in your vehicle until the storm passes.
If you had the opportunity to take shelter in a shop, café or other establishment to get out of the storm, prevent slips, trips and falls by minding your step and looking out for wet areas. If you see a potential accident hazard, report it to the owner or manager of the establishment immediately.
If you were injured by slipping, tripping or falling in such an establishment, there is a good chance that you could be entitled to personal injury compensation if:
- A reported trip, slip or fall hazard was not dealt with as soon as possible
- Your slip or trip occurred within the past three years
‘Dealing’ with a hazard here would mean either clearing the hazard up, such as drying up a spill, for instance, or ensuring it is adequately marked to warn others of its presence. It is possible to do this by coning off or indicating a wet area of flooring with appropriate signs, for example.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice