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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. Between the years 2003 and 2012, there were 349 lightning deaths in the United States. Bringing that down to the local level, Alabama had 11 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. 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 23

Lightning and Lightning Safety: An Introduction

Tuesday, June 24

Lightning's Most Deadly Activities

Wednesday, June 25

Lightning Safety and Sports Activities

Thursday, June 26

Lightning Safety at Work

Friday, June 27

Lightning Safety Around the Home

For a wealth of safety information, statistics, and posters be sure to check out the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Awareness web site.

Additional reference material on Lightning:

What You Need to Know: Tips for Lightning Safety

Analysis of Lightning Fatalities

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


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