Thunderstorms can be beautiful to watch, but they can also be very deadly. Over 24,000 people are killed every year by lighting and over 240,000 injured. Most lighting deaths, about 54%, occurs in open fields, ball parks and golf courses, 23% occur under trees, 12% occur on beaches and boats, 7% occur on farm equipment and about 4% occur near an open window.
The safest place to be during a lighting storm is in a sturdy enclosed building or car. If you are in a car, avoid touching the metallic areas as they can conduct electricity. Thunder storms also do not have to be overhead for you to be hit by lighting. They can be as far as 10 miles away and still strike you.
Lighting Safety Tips to Remember
When you hear thunder or see lighting, seek shelter immediately
Never seek shelter under a tree
Stay away from windows
Do not take a bath or shower
Avoid metallic items.
Always remember, “When thunder Roars, Go Indoors.”