Lightning Safety Awareness Week 2011
June 19-25, 2011: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"

Lightning Safety Poster Lightning Safety Poster
Outdoor activities such as soccer and golf are particularly major concerns when it comes to lightning safety, as highlighted by these nationally-distributed posters. More information is available at the national lightning safety page.

The National Weather Service has designated June 19-25, 2011, as Lightning Safety Awareness Week to highlight the dangers posed by the millions of lightning strikes recorded every year. Some days will focus on a different aspect of lightning safety and information:

Sunday, June 19 Lightning Overview - What You Need to Know
Monday, June 20 The Science of Lightning
Tuesday, June 21 Outdoor Lightning Safety
Wednesday, June 22 Indoor Lightning Safety
Thursday, June 23 Medical Aspects of Lightning

Lightning Safety Materials

There are a number of brochures, posters, games, and other activities available to increase awareness of lightning safety:

  • Test your lightning safety knowledge by playing the Lightning Safety Game!
    Online version or Powerpoint version*
    *Requires Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • National public service announcements highlighting lightning safety are available for download. Locally-produced audio PSA's are also available in MP3 format. They are each 30 seconds long, and you can download them here:
    First Aid (470kb)
  • There are additional posters, video clips, and audio clips to highlight this important week. You can download all of them here, or by going to is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.