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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT THU JUN 26 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 fourth 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 SAFETY AT WORK.

For those who work outside during the summer, lightning is 
a potentially deadly threat. While summer is a good time 
to complete outside work, it is very important to work in a 
safe environment. Any time a thunderstorm is in the area, no 
place outside is safe. Between 2006 and 2013, 38 people were 
struck and killed by lightning in the United States while at 
work. About two-thirds of those killed were farmers, ranchers, 
roofers, lawn care workers, or construction workers. Many of 
those killed were seeking shelter at the time of the deadly 
strike, but just hadn't started soon enough.

Many work activities require extra time to shut down. In these 
cases, it is important to monitor weather conditions so that 
the work activities can end and workers can get to a safe place 
before the lightning threat arrives. Similar to all outdoor 
activities, workers need to stop what they are doing immediately 
and get to a safe place if they hear thunder. When thunder 
roars, go indoors!

Lightning question of the day: What do I do if someone is struck 
by lightning?

Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, are safe 
to touch, and may need immediate medical attention. Cardiac 
arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Some 
deaths can be prevented with proper first aid. Call 911 and 
then give first aid. CPR and use of an AED (Automatic External 
Defribrillator) may be needed. 

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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