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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT WED JUN 23 2015

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

The National Weather Service has declared the week of June 
21st through the 27th as LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. This 
is the second 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'S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.

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

From 2006 to 2013, a detailed study showed that leisure 
activities led to almost two thirds of the lightning fatalities 
in the United States. A common myth is that golf is the most
dangerous activity outdoors. In reality, water-related activities
are much more dangerous. Fishermen accounted for more than three 
times as many fatalities as golfers, while camping and boating 
each accounted for almost twice as many deaths as golf.

Breaking it down, the study revealed that lightning was 
responsible for 30 fishing deaths, 16 camping deaths, 14 boating 
deaths, and 13 beach deaths. Of the sports activities, soccer 
was the deadliest with 12 fatalities as compared to golf with 8.

In most cases, victims simply waited too long before starting 
to seek shelter. Continued efforts are needed to convince people 
to get inside a safe place before the lightning threat becomes 
significant.

When it comes to water-related activities, there are 
a couple of 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 notice any 
   signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm. 
   Don't hesitate. 

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

Answer: Most of the discharge occurs along the surface of 
the water. Since most fish are well below the water surface, 
they are safe. People are not as safe because they swim 
closer to the surface. 

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

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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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