More than 400 people per year are struck by lightning in the United States. On average, 70 of those people struck will die; others will live with life-long, severe disabilities. An interesting fact worth mentioning—about 79 percent of the deaths are male...
Here are a few tips to help keep you safe the next time a thunderstorm comes through your area.
- All thunderstorms produce lightning, sometimes striking as far away as 10 to 15 miles from any rainfall. This type of lightning is sometimes called ‘Bolts from the Blue’.
- If you hear thunder then you can be struck by lightning. It is time to go to a safe area!
- If outdoors:
- Avoid water, high ground, open spaces, and standing under or next to trees or buildings.
- Stay away from all metal objects such as fences, electric wires or machinery.
- Seek a substantial structure or a vehicle for your protection.
- If caught outside with no place to go then as a last resort
- Crouch down
- put your feet together
- tuck your head low and cover your ears.
- Stay at least 15 feet away from other people or metal objects.
- If indoors
- Avoid water
- stay away from doors and windows
- Do not use a telephone, especially a cord connected one
- Unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, and television sets.
For unbelievable pictures and more information about lightning safety, please the National Weather Service.
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