Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Lightning Safety Awareness Week -
June 23-29, 2013
“When Thunder Roars…Go
– 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
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
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
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.
Act fast if someone is struck by
- Lightning victims don’t carry an electric
charge and are safe to touch and need urgent medical attention. Cardiac
arrest is the immediate cause of death. Call 911
Give CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing. Use
an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.
If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can
strike twice. Don’t be a victim.
occurs in all thunderstorms; each year lightning strikes the United
States 25 million times.
Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly,
especially tall isolated objects.
Most lightning victims are in open areas or near a
The energy from one lightning flash could light a 100-watt
light bulb for more than 3 months.
The air near a lightning strike is heated to
50,000°F—five times hotter than the surface of the
The rapid heating and cooling of the
air near the lightning channel causes a shock wave which results in
Lightning Myths and Facts
Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by
insulating you from the ground.
Fact: The metal roof and sides protect you, NOT the rubber
tires. When lightning strikes a vehicle it goes through the metal frame into
the ground. Don’t lean on the vehicle doors during a
Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike you
should lie flat on the ground.
Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being hit by a ground
current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm keep moving toward a
Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a
game it is OK to finish before seeking shelter.
Fact: Many lighting casualties occur because people do not seek
shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or lifelong injuries. Seek
shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the
safety of children.