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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT THU JUN 23 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 fourth 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 AT WORK AND ON-THE-GO.

While summer is a good time to be outside, it is 
very important to do so in a safe environment. Any time a 
thunderstorm is in the area, no place outdoors is safe. Between 
2006 and 2015, 96 people were struck and killed by lightning 
in the United States while at work and on-the-go.

About two-thirds of those killed were farmers, ranchers, roofers 
and construction workers, lawn care specialists and people mowing, 
and folks walking to and from their vehicles, homes, or businesses.
This was mostly due to the vulnerability of the activity; that is, 
direct lightning strikes are a greater threat to people in open 
areas. In such areas, there may be no place of safety nearby.

Depending on what you are doing, it can take time to shut down 
an activity. It requires stopping the task, and there may be 
equipment to put away. When lightning is nearby, time must be 
factored in to get to a safe place. To do this, monitoring weather 
conditions is very important. The task should be halted when 
thunder is heard. When thunder roars, go indoors!

There is one more topic this week: 

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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