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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
400 PM EDT THR JUN 26 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE THIRD IN
A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN KEY WEST, FL CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

THURSDAY - 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 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 SATES WHILE AT WORK. ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OR THOSE KILLED
WERE FARMER, RANCHERS, ROOFERS, LAWN CARE WORKERS, OR CONSTRUCTION
WORKERS. MANY OF THOSE KILLED WERE SEEKING SHELTER AT THE TIME OF
THE DEADLY STRIKE, BUT JUST HAD NOT STARTED SOON ENOUGH.

MANY WORK ACTIVITIES REQUIRES 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 AN 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 DEFIBRILLATOR) MAY BE
NEEDED.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WERE COVERED EARLIER THIS WEEK OR WILL
BE COVERED LATER THIS WEEK.

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY - AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
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

$$

VICKERY












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