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Lightning safety refresher

Are you enjoying the warm weather? With the change in season comes stormy weather. And, although we have come accustom to thunderstorms, it is important to be familiar with weather facts in order to stay safe. According to and organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the last full week of June is dedicated to educating the population about Lightning Safety.

Be aware of weather conditions so you are able to protect yourself from weather related injuries and/or deaths.
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Their website describes this “giant discharge of electricity” and how it entails shots of light and the roars of thunder. NOAA explains, ”The spark can reach over five miles (eight kilometers) in length, raise the temperature of the air by as much as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (27,700 degrees Celsius), and contain a hundred million electrical volts.”

Can you imagine being struck by lightning under blues skies? This is actually a possibility. NOAA communicates that lightening can strike approximately 10 miles away from the center of a storm. Next time you feel a storm in the air but you don’t actually see it, beware.

Have you ever felt the hairs on your arms stand up in the midst of a storm?
NOAA talks about this, “…it could be a bad sign that positive charges are rising through you, reaching toward the negatively charged part of the storm. That's not a good sign! Your best bet is to get yourself immediately indoors.”

If you’re outside and taking trying to take shelter from a storm avoid high places, stay away from sheltering under trees, and get out of the water; it’s dangerous.

Lightening actually kills, and “the odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. About 10 percent of lightning-stroke victims are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects. About 400 people survive lightning strokes in the U.S. each year.”
These summer months are prime for weather related injury and death. Be safe.

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