Rainy season is the time of year that property owners experience the most leaks.
Not surprisingly, it’s also the period when roofing contractors experience the most service calls. That’s why Target Roofing’s repair team answers calls 24 hours a day – we’re here when you need us!
Rainy season also introduces more obstacles for roofing crews. Namely, rain and lightning. According to Vaisala’s Annual Lightning Report, Florida had 13,049,687 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in 2019. That’s an incredible 228 lightning events per square mile – the highest rate in the country. It once again proves why the Sunshine State’s second nickname is the “Lightning Capital of the U.S.”
Unlike schools, parks and sports complexes, there is no lightning detection system to warn roofing crews that foul weather is approaching. Instead, Target Roofing uses three tools to keep roofing crews safe during Florida’s rainy season:
- Eyes: Working anywhere from 10 feet to 200 feet off the ground, our roofing crews often have a 360-degree view of the horizon and can watch as thunderclouds start building. Once they spot a lightning flash, it’s time to come down.
- Ears: With their backs turned, it’s not always possible to see lightning in the distance, but the rumble from thunder likely means a storm is approaching. If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be hit by lightning. Again, that’s time to come down from the roof.
- Apps: Our roofing crews and supervisors use several apps that monitor radar and utilize lightning detection systems. My Lightning Tracker, WeatherBug, Storm Alert Lightning & Radar and AccuWeather are among the most popular severe weather apps. Employees can receive alerts based on their location, so a crew working in Naples, for instance, might have to take shelter while their counterparts in Fort Myers can continue to work under blue skies.
When lightning is nearby, the last place you want to be is on a roof. That’s why our roofing crews start their shifts early and finish early, hoping to complete a full day’s work before afternoon storms roll in. Although Florida’s weather is unpredictable, our crews report to work early in the morning with a goal of finishing by mid- to late-afternoon.
However, just because lightning has passed doesn’t mean crews are immediately cleared to resume their jobs. Rainwater makes roofs slippery, particularly metal roofing. Even though our crews wear non-slip shoes and safety harnesses at all times, we want to make sure their footing is solid.
Every Target Roofing employee must complete a comprehensive safety training program that includes weather awareness as a key element. Target Roofing contracts with an independent company to offer additional safety instruction and recommendations. We also proactively schedule reviews from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to outline safety recommendations at all job sites.
At Target Roofing, safety has always been paramount, particularly during rainy season. We would much rather have our employees go home early or take a long lunch break when skies darken rather than to risk their lives, or your project, with thunderstorms in the region.
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