Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 21-28, 2015
A bolt of lightning is one of the more beautiful displays that Mother Nature provides. However, it is also one of the most deadly. Over the past 30 years, lightning ranks as the #3 severe weather killer, falling behind tornadoes and flooding and ranking just ahead of hurricanes. Thanks to increased awareness, lightning fatalities have fallen over the past 15 to 20 years. Lightning is also responsible for more than $1 billion in damages annually. Due to both the frequency of thunderstorms as well as its sheer size, Texas experiences twice as many cloud to ground lightning strikes as the next closest state (Florida). Following some simple safety precautions can save your life in the event that you are caught outdoors during a thunderstorm.
If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm...
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Fact or Myth?
Myth: Lightning never strikes twice in the same place!
Fact: It has been well documented that lightning may strike certain objects frequently.
Myth: Rubber tires keep you safe in a car!
Fact: Most cars are safe but that is largely due to the metal frame of the vehicle.
Myth: A lightning strike victim may hold an electrical charge, making medical assistance dangerous!
Fact: The human body does NOT store electricity. Administer first aid, possibly including CPR, as quickly as possible.
Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, it is advisable to take shelter beneath a tree!
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the 2nd leading cause of lightning casualties.
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