When It Roars, Go Indoors! Lightning Safety Tips


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Lightning strikes the U.S. about 25 million times a year! Your odds of being struck by it is one in 15 thousand. That sounds slim but if you play the lotto, your odds of winning is one in 300 million. But you still play! That’s why you have to take this storm season seriously. According to the CDC, 73 percent of the lightning deaths happen in June, July, and August, and more happen on Saturdays. Lightning can strike from as far as 10 miles away from a thunderstorm, so it’s crucial to take lightning safety seriously. National Lightning Safety Awareness begins June 23rd.

There are several different ways you can be hurt by lightning. First the direct strike, then, a side flash.

Also, anyone outside is a potential victim of ground current that can travel through metal and even garage floors. Also, if you touch something that’s been struck you can get hurt.

When you hear thunder or see lightning, seek shelter immediately in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. Avoid seeking shelter under trees or partially open structures like patios, garages, or sheds. Avoid showering, washing dishes or any other water-related activities during thunderstorms. Lighting can travel through plumbing. Be wary of metal wires. This includes anything that plugs into an electrical outlet, water faucets and showers, windows, and doors. And if you do find yourself in an unsafe situation, crouch on the ground with your weight on the balls of the feet, your feet together, your head lowered, and ears covered. Never lie flat on the ground.

Most importantly, remember, when it roars, go indoors!

Another tip: Follow the 30-30 rule: if the time between seeing lightning and hearing thunder is 30 seconds or less, seek shelter. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Contributors to this news report include: Adahlia Thomas, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor.

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