Stay Safe From Lightning
Lightning strikes in the United States approximately 25 million times per year. Most of these strikes occur in summer, though lightning can actually strike at any time during the year. And though it is rare, lightning strikes on humans can be fatal; in fact, an average of 47 people per year are killed in lightning strikes, while hundreds of people are seriously injured. You can use the following tips to keep yourself and others safe from lightning strikes:
- Try to avoid wide open areas during a storm.
- Stay clear of trees, towers, utility poles, or any other large or tall metal objects.
- Stay clear of metal structures such as fences or wiring.
- Stay indoors if possible.
- Clear skies do not mean you are in danger. If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.