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Meridian Health Services3 months ago
This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

Lightning can strike anyplace on Earth. In fact, there are about 6,000 lightning strikes every minute, which is more than 8 million strikes every day. You can protect yourself and your loved ones if you know what to do when you see lightning or when you hear thunder as a warning. The risk of being struck by lightning is low, but the consequences of lightning strike injuries are serious. From 2006 through 2021, lightning caused an average of 28 deaths per year in the United States.

Learn indoor and outdoor safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from lightning.

Indoor Safety Tips

Even though your home is a safe shelter during a lightning storm, you might still be at risk. About one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors. Here are some tips to keep safe and reduce your risk of being struck by lightning while indoors.

- Avoid water. Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing. The risk of lightning traveling through plumbing might be less with plastic pipes than with metal pipes. However, it is best to avoid any contact with plumbing and running water during a lightning storm to reduce your risk of being struck.

- Don’t touch electronic equipment. Do NOT use anything connected to an electrical outlet, such as computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, or stoves. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip your home with whole-house surge protectors to protect your appliances.

- Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do NOT lie on concrete floors or lean on concrete walls during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

- Don’t use corded phones. Corded phones are NOT safe to use during a thunderstorm. Do NOT use them. However, it is safe to use cordless or cellular phones during a storm.

Outdoor Safety Tips

Although no place outside is safe during a thunderstorm, you can minimize your risk by assessing the lightning threat early and taking appropriate actions. The best defense is to avoid lightning. Here are some outdoor safety tips that can help you avoid being struck.

- Be aware. Check the weather forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If the forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure suitable safe shelter is readily available.

- Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

- Seek shelter immediately, even if caught out in the open. If you are caught in an open area, act quickly to find shelter. The most important action is to remove yourself from danger. Crouching or getting low to the ground can reduce your chances of being struck, but it does not remove you from danger. If you are caught outside with no safe shelter nearby, the following actions might reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:

- Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
- Never lie flat on the ground. Crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears so that you are down low with minimal contact with the ground.
- Never shelter under an isolated tree. If you are in a forest, shelter near lower trees.
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
- Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (such as barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills).

- Separate from others. If you are in a group during a thunderstorm, separate from each other. This will reduce the number of injuries if lightning strikes the ground.

- If you are out in the open water and a storm rolls in, return to shore immediately.
If you are on a boat in open water when a thunderstorm rolls in, return to shore immediately and seek shelter. If you are unable to return to shore, boats with cabins offer some protection. If caught in a storm in a small boat with no cabin, drop anchor and get as low as possible.

- Don’t stay in open vehicles. During a thunderstorm, avoid open vehicles such as convertibles, motorcycles, and golf carts.

- Don’t stay in open structures. Avoid open structures such as porches, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and sports arenas. These structures won’t protect you from lightning. Avoid open spaces.

- Stay away from open spaces such as golf courses, parks, playgrounds, ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and beaches. Seek shelter immediately.

- Don’t stay near tall structures. Stay away from tall structures, such as telephone poles and trees; lightning tends to strike the tallest object around.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and.Prevention
Meridian Health Services
Meridian Health Services3 months ago
City Fit is Health and Fitness made fun for everyone!
Don’t miss out on this beloved community event. With free participation in the Color Run, Health fair, and fitness classes it’s a great time for the whole family!

Learn more and register now at: https://www.meridianhs.org/events/city-fit/
Meridian Health Services
Meridian Health Services3 months ago
Make a Career at Meridian

Meridian Health Services currently has positions available across Indiana in medical, behavioral and social health fields. We also offer Virtual Health/Telehealth to residents of Indiana.

We offer excellent compensation and benefits, but the truth is, the best rewards are the intangible ones… the accomplishment of someone whose life you have helped change for the better!

Employment at Meridian Health Services will allow you to improve lives of those in the community and for yourself. For nearly 50 years, we have provided quality behavioral health services for children and families in Indiana and have been practicing “whole-person” health for more than ten years.

Improve your life and your career at Meridian Health Services. View openings today at https://www.meridianhs.org/careers/job-openings/.
Meridian Health Services
Meridian Health Services3 months ago
Big changes are coming at Meridian Health Pediatrics and Prime-Time! Over the year, our building will be undergoing an extensive remodel with construction already underway on the second floor. During this time, all check-ins and appointments will be done on the first floor. We are excited to better service you with an improved layout, new and larger exam rooms, and a fresh new look!
Stay up to date with our progress here!
Meridian Health Services
Meridian Health Services3 months ago
Meridian Health Rx: A Pharmacy Dedicated to You.

As part of our continued efforts to provide our patients with a true “medical home,” we offer Meridian Health Rx, a pharmacy dedicated to our patients. Meridian Health Rx is designed to enhance your care and help you achieve the best health outcomes.

Our pharmacists play an important role in your care. They review your medications and coordinate with your healthcare provider to help manage your medical needs.

Advantages of Our Pharmacy

- Our pharmacist works directly with your medical providers to manage your prescription needs.
- Your prescription is sent to the pharmacy electronically so you can get your prescription(s) faster.
- FREE custom pill packing available. Our pharmacist will package all of your medications into daily dose cups for your convenience and to easily remember daily dosages.
- FREE and convenient prescription delivery by mail or courier to your home (must be within 50 miles of North Tillotson Avenue Muncie, Indiana)
- Personalized co-pay assistance programs to support your needs and cost savings

*FREE Meridian Health Rx couriered medication services offers next level convenience to Meridian patients. Any patient that typically visits a Meridian clinic to receive an injection from our nursing staff can get the medication filled at Meridian Health Rx and couriered to the clinic for the patient’s scheduled appointment. Additionally, Meridian Health Rx can courier medications directly to our patient’s home – within a 50-mile radius of our pharmacy location. For those patients who reside outside the 50-mile radius, mail delivery is available. These services are offered at no charge to our patients.

Meridian Health Rx can be reached at (765) 215-2029. We are opened Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located inside the Meridian Health Pediatrics building (pictured on the right) at 205 N. Tillotson Ave., Suite A, Muncie, IN.

Meridian Health Rx pharmacy services are available to Meridian Health patients only.
Meridian Health Services
Meridian Health Services3 months ago
REGISTER NOW: https://www.meridianhs.org/events/city-fit/

City Fit Check List
Date: July 29, 10AM-1PM✅
Venue: Wayne County Fair Grounds✅
Fun: Color Run, Fitness Classes, Health Fair✅
All we need now is YOU!

REGISTER NOW: https://www.meridianhs.org/events/city-fit/

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