Lightning Safety Awareness Week

The probability of thunder and lightning storms increases in the summer. The National Lightning Safety Council reminds everyone to be aware of the real dangers of lightning and to take the risks seriously. 

In 2018-2019, 42 people died from lightning strikes. Seeking shelter could have prevented these deaths. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “No place outside is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area. Get inside as soon as you hear thunder. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can.”

If you can’t get to a safe building or vehicle:

  • Avoid open areas. Don’t be the tallest object in the area.
  • Stay away from isolated trees, towers, or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.
  • Avoid metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal doesn’t attract lightning, but it can travel long distances through it.
  • If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chances of  being struck, it tends to prevent multiple casualties, allowing the chance that someone could help if another person is injured.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week takes place from June 21-27.

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