3 Lifesaving Arizona Monsoon Safety Tips You Need to Know

If you’ve ever been caught driving in one of Arizona’s infamous haboobs (that’s a dust storm for all you non-Arizona natives) then you know firsthand how dangerous Arizona monsoons can be this time of year. During Arizona monsoons, lightning strikes, high winds, wildfires, flash flooding and extreme heat have caused an average of ten deaths and sixty injuries along with tens of millions of dollars of damage each year according to the National Climatic Data Center. Phoenix property managers want you to know how to protect your property and stay safe during the monsoon season. Here are 3 lifesaving Arizona monsoon safety tips you need to know today.

1.) Plan ahead

Phoenix property management companies recommend that you 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.) Don’t drive in dust storms

Big monsoon dust storms can reduce visibility to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly accidents on the roads. If you encounter a dust storm 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 engage your parking brake. It’s best to stay where you are until the dust storm passes so as not to endanger your life or the lives of others.

3.) Forgo flash floods

More deaths each year occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard, because people underestimate the force and power of water. And unfortunately many of the deaths occur in cars that are swept downstream. If you’re on the road and see a flooded street, do not take the risk to drive through it. You don’t know how deep the flooding is and it could cause major damage to your vehicle in addition to putting your life in danger. Live in a flood prone area? Have an evacuation plan and know where to find high ground immediately.

Don’t get swept away by the monsoon storms. Remember to use and share these 3 lifesaving Arizona monsoon safety tips you need to know so that you can survive the monsoon season unharmed. For more safety tips from your expert Phoenix property managers, please contact the Simply Property Management-Paielli Realty, Inc. team today. Stay safe! – Greg

Greg Paielli

Simply Property Management – Paielli Realty, Inc.


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