As of July 8, 2015, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable. This is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014). There are several possible reasons for this, such as more convective activity across the country; an improved economy resulting in more people taking vacations this summer; the possibility of people taking more risks than usual; and the element of chance. But the most important issue is behavior: People must go indoors when they hear thunder!
The dangers of lightning are real. Resources can be found below, and join the conversation using hashtags: #LightningSafety #SummerSafety
2015: 17 fatalities
2014: 9 fatalities
2013: 9 fatalities
2012: 7 fatalities
2011: 8 fatalities
2010: 11 fatalities
Lightning deaths are already double those than at this time last year.
- ALL of these deaths were avoidable.
- There is no safe place outside. You must go inside a sturdy building with walls, closed windows, electricity and plumbing, or get in a hard topped car with the windows rolled up
- As soon as you can hear thunder or see lightning you are in danger.
- Don’t WAIT… When thunder roars, go indoors!
- Do NOT seek shelter under a tree!
- Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm.
- Plan your activities so you don’t get caught outside in a thunderstorm.
- If there are thunderstorms in the forecast, make sure you can quickly get to a safe shelter or reschedule the outdoor activity.