Many people are fascinated by lightning, and rightfully so. The giant spark of electricity lights up the sky, and in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. Although lightning is captivating, it’s also very dangerous.
Did you know that lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit? In the United States, lightning strikes about 25 million times per year according to the National Weather Service. About 300 people are struck by lightning annually, and on average, it causes 30 casualties while others suffer lifelong disabilities.
It’s important to know what safety precautions to take when lightning is present. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.
When a thunderstorm is nearby
If you hear thunder, get to a safe place. All thunderstorms produce lightning and if you can hear thunder, danger is near. Keep away from electrical equipment, plumbing, windows, metal conductors, and don’t use a corded phone.
Don’t get caught outdoors
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Spread out if you are with a group of people. This will prevent multiple casualties and increase the chance that someone could get help if a person is struck.
After the storm
If someone is struck
Always remember: When thunder roars, go indoors.