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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT FRI JUN 24 2016

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

The National Weather Service has declared the week of June 
19th through the 25th as LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. This 
is the last of five public information statements to be issued 
by the National Weather Service office in Little Rock
containing details about lightning.

Today's topic is LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

Although houses and other substantial buildings offer the 
best protection from lightning, many homes across the United 
States are struck by lightning. In fact, on average, lightning 
causes 4,000 to 5,000 house fires each year. In recent years, 
home insurance claims for lightning were generally between 
$600 million and $1 billion.

There are three main ways lightning enters homes and 
buildings: (1) a direct strike, (2) through wires or pipes 
that extend outside the structure, and (3) through the 
ground. Once in a structure, the lightning can travel through 
the electrical and phone wires, the plumbing, and radio and 
television reception systems. 

Indoor safety depends on avoiding contact with items that 
are vulnerable to lightning within the home. Here are some 
indoor safety tips to follow when a thunderstorm is in 
the area: 

- Do not touch electrical equipment or plug/unplug cords.

- Stay off corded phones.

- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take 
  a shower, wash dishes, or do laundry. 

Also, do not forget your pets. Dog houses are not safe 
shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners 
are vulnerable to lightning strikes. 

Question: What are lightning rods and how do they work?

Answer: Lightning rods protect a home from a direct lightning 
strike, but they do not prevent a home from being struck. They 
are designed to intercept lightning, to provide a conductive path 
for the harmful electrical discharge to follow, and to disperse 
the energy safely into the ground. 

Please note: While lightning rods are used as safeguards 
against direct lightning strikes, a complete lightning protection 
system may be more effective. This includes electrical 
surge protection devices for incoming power, data, communication 
lines, and vulnerable appliances. Lightning protection may also 
be needed for gas pipes.

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This week is headlined on the local National Weather Service website
at WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LZK/.

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