Other than flooding, lightning kills and injures more people than any other natural disaster
We don't often think of the hazards of lightning when the sky is lit up in zigzag patterns during a storm. We may lose electricity or hear the snap, crackle, and pop of a strike, but it never seems to hit "too close to home."
Most of us know to take shelter - not under a tree or out in the open - when a storm hits. But hits can occur - and kill - people inside homes as well. Experts who study the damage from lightning fear it more than tornadoes - simply because there is no warning.
They also state that at the first sight or sounds of lightning is the moment to take action. Get in a car or a building immediately. A lightning strike is also likely to occur if you can count less than 30 seconds between the sound of thunder and the clash of light.
For kids, it's important to teach them the motto from The National Lightning Safety Institute: "If you can hear it, clear it; if you can see it, flee it."
If you are indoors, take these precautions:
Avoid contact with
concrete floors and walls.
If you are outside, do the following:
Among trees, choose
one that is shorter than others.
The facts are:
It does not have
to be raining in the area for lightning to strike.
For detailed information on the extreme hazards of lightning and how to protect yourself, visit The National Lightning Safety Institute.
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