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Lightning Safety Awareness Week
June 24-30th, 2012

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Introduction to Lightning Safety 

In the United States each year, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is extremely dangerous. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, between the years 1990 and 2003, there were 756 lightning deaths in the United States. Bringing that down to the local level, Alabama had 24 reported lightning deaths during that time, which ranked 7th in the nation for highest mortality rate. While those numbers have come down significantly in recent years, Alabama regularly has someone that falls victim to a lightning strike.  In fact, Alabama already has one confirmed death for 2012. The problem is, there are still people who wait too long to seek safe shelter.  We continue to urge people to follow the motto, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors . . .and stay there at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder."

Throughout the week, we will highlight certain aspects of Lightning Safety.  Here are the topics that will be covered each day:

Monday, June 25

An Introduction to Lightning Safety

Tuesday, June 26

The Science of Lightning

Wednesday, June 27

Outdoor Lightning Safety

Thursday, June 28

Safe Shelter and Indoor Lightning Safety

Friday, June 29

Medical Aspects of Lightning

Our Lightning Safety Team has prepared a new lightning safety brochure, Lightning Safety for You and Your Family. A printable file version is available on the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Awareness web site, along with a wealth of safety information, statistics, and posters.

Additional reference material on Lightning:

All the information you need to know about lightning

Lightning Fatality Statistics:  By the Charts

Lightning: Facts, Myths and Misnomers

Leon the Lightning Lion coloring book  (for kids)

Toolkit for communities and counties   

Lightning Safety for Large Venues 

Lightning Safety Brochure is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.