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Lightning Safety Tips
Each year in the United States, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes and about 300 people struck by lightning. Of those struck, approximately 30 people are killed and others suffer lifelong disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be prevented. As rainy season begins to pick up here in the "Lightning Capital of the Nation", it is important that we refresh ourselves on lightning safety tips to help prevent a tragedy like this from happening in our community.
We have all heard the phrases "Keep Your Eye to the Sky" and "If the Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" and both hold very true especially during this time of the year. Lightning can be a striking risk as far as 10 miles away, and this is about the distance you can hear thunder. However, it can be difficult to tell when a storm is coming - even if there is a clear blue sky, you can still be at risk for lightning strikes.
When you hear thunder, you should seek shelter in a safe location such as a fully enclosed building with a roof, walls, and a floor or a fully enclosed, metal-top vehicle. Picnic shelters, pavilions, tents (any kind), dugouts, greenhouses, carports, or open garages; convertibles, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, or boats with cabins are not safe locations to go during a lightning storm. While seeking shelter indoors, stay away from windows and doors and do not handle items that conduct electricity, including corded telephones and computers. Do not take showers, do laundry, wash dishes, or use any appliance hooked up to your plumbing system.
There is no safe place outside during a storm. If you cannot get to a structure, try these suggestions to minimize your risk:
• Squat low to the ground. Do the "lightning position" by kneeling or crouching with your hands on your knees-never lie flat on the ground.
• Avoid tall structures (towers, trees, fences, poles) and open areas.
• Get away from water, including pools, rivers, lakes, and beaches. If on the water, come ashore and land any boats, kayaks, canoes, or other watercrafts.
• Move into valleys, ravines, or low areas.
• Avoid water and wet items, metal objects, tents, and natural lightning rods (golf clubs, tractors, fishing rods, bicycles).
• In the woods, stay under a low clump of trees. Never stand under a tall single tree in an open area.
• If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to your knees, bend forward, and put your hands on your knees.
Please also remember that medical care may be needed immediately to save the life of a lightning strike victim. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns, and nerve damage are common results of being struck by lightning. If you see a lightning strike victim, call 911, and perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if the person's heartbeat and breathing have stopped. People who have been struck by lightning DO NOT carry a charge; they are safe to touch if assistance is needed.
We hope this information is a helpful reminder and that our community stays safe during our "Rainy Season".
When rainy season arrives, it means storms especially in the afternoon. The office uses the free app Weather Bug to monitor lightning strikes. Lightning can strike a person from 10 miles away. Please stay safe. We ask everyone to leave the pool area and the beach during stormy conditions. Managers may come out and clear the pool area as conditions develop.
For more information about lightning, Lightning Facts.
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One of the questions, we often get is where is the recycling area? It is located near Estero Boulevard directly across from the office and pool between Sandarac II’s carwash and the Bike and Bulk Area. Boxes should be broken down. No plastic bags should be placed in dumpsters. If you have additional questions, contact the office.
The Bulk Recycling Area has become a catch all for everyone's stuff. The only items that should be placed in this area is big items that cannot fit in the dumpster. Glassware, décor, bedding, etc. should be put in the dumpster. If you feel your items are too good to throw away, please drop them off at a charity or contact the office for assistance.
If the rope breaks, we will need to close the pool.
Owners, Renters and Guests: The hours in the office is 9-2 pm but stuff happens after hours. The elevator is not working or there is a water leak,. The Property Managers are here after hours. If you need to contact the Property Manager after hours, call the office and follow the instructions.
The full recorded message is as follows: Thank you for contacting the Sandarac after hours. Please listen carefully as our menu has recently changed. For a fire or medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911. To leave a voice mail for Sandarac I, Building A, please press 1 (which routes to Jennifer Darrow’s voicemail.) To leave a voice mail for Sandarac II, Building B, please press 2 (which routes to Sandra Caron voicemail.) For a building emergency for Sandarac I, Building A, please press 3 (the call then routes to the Manager, Jennifer Darrow’s cell phone.) For a building emergency for Sandarac II, Building B, please press 4. (the call then routes to the Manager, Sandra Caron cell phone.) Thank you.
The calls are automatically routed to the Building Manager’s phone and should be treated as a true emergency. If it can wait until the next business day, for things such as a lighting issue or your FOB or pin not working, please call the office and leave a voice mail (option 1 or 2) so we can follow up on the next business day. Option 3 or 4 as an EMERGENCY OPTION ONLY. We do not consider questions about rental check in, parking, keys, internet, phone or cable outages to be a building emergency, it will wait until the next business day. Remember, the office is a shared office with two different associations so you must know which side you are on. If it ends in A, you are part of Sandarac I, if it ends in B, you are part of Sandarac II.
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