Lightning Safety Awareness Week

lightingSafetyAwarenessJune 23-29, 2013
“When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!”

(MADISON) – Every year, lightning kills more than 50 Americans and injures hundreds of others
leaving them with lifelong pain and in some cases permanent neurological disabilities. Here in
Wisconsin, 25 people have been killed and 208 injured as a result of lightning since 1982. You
can protect yourself and your family by knowing these simple lightning safety facts and tips:

  • If you hear thunder, you are in danger. Don’t be fooled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Don’t wait, seek shelter immediately. Remember: When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!
  • A fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing offers the best protection. Sheds, picnic shelters and covered porches DO NOT protect you from lightning.
  • If a building is not available get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close all the windows.
  • Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
  • Don’t use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless and cell phones are safe to use.
  • Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring.
  • Because water pipes conduct electricity, don’t take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.
  • Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike taller object in an area.
  • Get an Emergency Weather Radio. It will broadcast the latest forecast for thunderstorms.
  • Remember, any thunderstorm, whether it is severe or not, can produce deadly lightning.

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