Summer is here. That means fun in the sun, but summer storms can crop up suddenly. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration each year, “about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn, or doing other outdoor activities.”
Did you know?
- Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
- You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder.
- Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. On average, at least 10% of strike victims die; 70% of survivors suffer serious long term effects.
Most lightning casualties can be prevented through simple, easy to follow, safety guidelines.
The National Weather Service has made the message simple.
For information regarding lightning safety indoors and outdoors visit the National Weather Service.