Lightning Safety: What Do You Need to Know?

Posted By Tiffany on Jun 27, 2013


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Lightning Safety- What Do You Need to Know

 

So as you may have heard, June 23rd marked lightning safety week in the United States.  And you may think as I did, I know what I need to know:  “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”  I quickly changed my mind.   My interest lies first in that I have little children and second that my husband has taken up Jet Ski fishing.  That prompted me to research safety.  New findings on Lightning Safety for 2013 struck a cord.  Let me share my findings with you.

 

 Highlights on Lightning Safety

 

  • The summer months of June, July and August are the most deadly seeing 70% lightning deaths with the weekend being worse than the week days.
  • The majority of victims were male aged 10 to 60.
  • In the United States, an average of 53 people are killed each year by lightning; hundreds more being severely injured. 
  • In last 7 years, more fishermen have been killed than golfers by lightning strikes.  The number is also greater for camping, soccer, beach activities, just to name a few.

 

What to Do?

 

Apparently the common (and often deadly) mistake is starting for shelter too late.  The remedy is to postpone or cancel outdoor activities if we expect a thunderstorm.  If we’re outside already then watch the sky, and remember that anytime we hear thunder we are already within striking distance!

 

Additional Lightning Safety statistics 

 

  1. To date, there have been 7 fatalities in 2013

  2. From 2006-2012 ~ 238 people have been killed in the U.S., with more than 3x’s as many fishermen as golfers and almost 2x’s as many boaters and campers then golfers.  Even soccer saw a greater number of deaths (12) as compared to golf (8).  Doing yard work around the house accounted for 12 deaths.

(Source:  lightningsafetynoaa.gov:)

 

Let’s keep Lightning Safe and enjoy our summer! 🙂

 

And if you’re into all things “safety”, you may find it handy to have a Master Household Maintenance Checklist to reference.

 

Lightning Safety- What Do You Need to Know?  New findings on Lightning Safety struck a cord.

 

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P.S. I’d like to hear of any crazy weather stories you’d like to share. 

 

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