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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT THU JUN 25 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 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.

While summer is a good time to work outside, it is 
very important to do so 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.

It takes time to shut down when you are working outside. It
requires quitting what you are doing and putting equipment away.
When there is lightning around, even more time is needed to get
to a safe place. To make sure there is enough time between work
stoppage and place of safety, monitoring weather conditions is
very important. At the very least, work should halt when 
thunder is heard. When thunder roars, go indoors!

Question: Of all work related activities, which is the most 
deadly?

Answer: From 2006 to 2013, farming and ranching accounted for 
37 percent of the work-related lightning fatalities (14 of the 
38 deaths). Much of this was due to the vulnerability of the 
activity; this is, direct lightning strikes are a greater threat 
to people in open areas such as fields and pastures. In such areas, 
there is often no place of safety nearby.

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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