When Thunder Roars – Go Indoors!

Lightning

When thunder roars – go indoors!  This is a slogan that the National Weather Service (NWS) is promoting to remind us that lighting is a very real threat.  According to the NWS, in the United States an average of 58 deaths per year are attributed to lighting strikes. Hundred of others are permanently injured.  Minimize your risk of being struck by educating yourself on the behavior of lighting.

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from the area where it is raining. That’s about the distance you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek shelter right away. Once indoors, stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.

Should someone be struck by lighting remember that victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to touch, and need urgent medical attention.  Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die.  Some deaths can be prevented if the victim receives the proper first aid immediately.  Call 911 immediately and perform CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing and use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. 

 

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1 Response to “When Thunder Roars – Go Indoors!”


  1. 1 Sandi Beveridge November 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Great information!! I didn’t know that one should not be on the computer when lightning is in the area!


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