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5 Things About: Lightning

Summer rainstorms light up the sky and can provide quite a demonstration of the power of nature. Those lightning flashes might entertain with unexpected moments of beauty, but they are dangerous as well. Here are 5 things about lightning and lightning safety I think you should know.

  1. People are thousands of times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery.
  2. Lightning injuries are neurological in nature and are not considered burn injuries like most people think. A lightning strike can cause lasting damage, from memory loss and depression to chronic pain and paralysis.
  3. If you are indoors during an electrical storm you should: Avoid water. Stay away from doors and windows. Since lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment, do not use the telephone (cell phones are OK). Take off head sets and turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets.
  4. If you happen to be outside in an electrical storm AVOID unsafe places like: canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, and trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. Keep your hands in your lap and do not touch the metal parts of the car.
  5. Pool activities should remain suspended until thirty minutes after the last thunder is heard.

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