Top 3 Monsoon Safety Tips

The weekend got off to a stormy start as monsoon moisture returned to the Valley early Saturday, but clear skies are forecast to make a swift return.  Morning showers and thunderstorms dropped up to an inch of rain in the city of Maricopa, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for parts of Maricopa and Pinal counties. Those storms also ushered in gusty predawn winds.

Most of those storms had dissipated by 7:30 a.m., though a slight chance of storms remains in the forecast for the Phoenix area through the weekend.  Since the end of summer is approaching as quickly as summer storms, it’s essential to remember and share these important these top 3 monsoon safety tips with your friends, family and loved ones.

1.) Plan Ahead

Plan ahead by watching the current weather forecasts on TV, the internet or the radio for weather updates before you even leave the house. Also, make sure the severe weather notifications are enabled in your cellphone settings so as to receive warnings when you’re unable to access this information while you travel.

2.) Watch for Dust Storm

Straight lines winds in any thunderstorm can lift huge clouds of dust and reduce visibilities to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways. If you encounter a dust storm (also known as a haboob), and cannot avoid driving into it then pull off the road as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put your vehicle in "PARK," and/or engage your parking brake. Stay where you are until the dust storm passes.

3.) Practice Lightening Safety

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors. While indoors, unplug expensive electronics as soon as possible and avoid corded phones as lightening traveling through telephone wires can kill you.

Want to learn more about Arizona monsoon safety tips? Visit monsoonsafety.org for additional information and learn how to create a monsoon safety preparedness kit. Because taking additional steps during summer storms could save your life and the lives of others. Stay safe!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

www.theregalteam.com

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