National Lightning Safety Awareness Week - Thursday

...Lightning Safety at Work...

This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

For those who work outside during the summer, lightning is a potentially deadly threat.  While summer is a good time to complete outside work, it is very important to work in a safe environment.  Any time a thunderstorm is in the area, no place outside is safe.  Between 2006 and 2013, 38 people were struck and killed by lightning in the United States while at work. About two-thirds of those killed were farmers, ranchers, roofers, lawn care workers, or construction workers.  Many of those killed were seeking shelter at the time of the deadly strike, but just hadn't started soon enough.

For more statistics and charts, see Lightning Fatality Statistics: By the Charts

Many work activities require extra time to shut down.  In these cases, it is important to monitor weather conditions so that the work activities can end and workers can get to a safe place before the lightning threat arrives.  Similar to all outdoor activities, workers need to stop what they are doing immediately and get to a safe place if they hear thunder.  WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS!

Lightning question of the day:
What do I do if someone is struck by lightning?

Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe to touch, and may need immediate medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die.  Some deaths can be prevented with proper first aid.  Call 911 and then give first aid.  CPR and use of an AED (Automatic External Defribrillator) may be needed.

For additional information about lightning or lightning safety, visit NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness web site at: is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.