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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT TUE JUN 24 2014

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

The National Weather Service has declared the week of 
June 22nd through 28th, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. 
This is the second in a series of five public information 
statements to be issued by the National Weather Service 
office in Little Rock containing information on lightning 
and lightning safety.

Today's topic is LIGHTNING'S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.

If you're outside when a thunderstorm is in the area, 
you're at risk of being struck and potentially killed or 
seriously injured by lightning. However, there are some 
activities that lead to more lightning deaths and injuries 
than others. 

In the past eight years, leisure activities led to almost 
two thirds of the lightning fatalities in the United
States. Water-related activities, and particularly fishing, 
contributed most to the fatalities. Since 2006, 30 people 
who had been fishing died as a result of lightning. 
Boating and beach activities also contributed significantly 
to the death toll. In most cases, victims simply waited 
far too long before starting to seek shelter.

When it comes to water-related activities, there are 
several important things to remember...

 * Always have a plan so that you can get to a safe
   place before the storm arrives.

 * Head to that safe place immediately if you see any 
   signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm. 
   Don't hesitate. 

Question of the day: If water activities are so dangerous, 
why don't all the fish in a pond or lake get killed when 
lightning strikes the water?

When lightning strikes water, most of the discharge occurs 
along the surface of the water. Since most fish swim well 
below the water surface, they are safe. However, people 
normally swim along the surface of the water and can easily 
killed by a lightning discharge. 

Here's a list of topics that will be covered later this 
week:
WEDNESDAY – Lightning Safety and Sports Activities.
THURSDAY – Lightning Safety At Work.
FRIDAY - Lightning Safety Around The Home.

For additional information about lightning or lightning 
safety, visit NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness web site 
at:

 http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

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