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When lightning strikes, don't let it strike you
Lightning strikes the United States as many as 20 million times each year. Because lightning traditionally causes more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes, and occurs when outdoor activity reaches a peak, the Electrical Safety Foundation International, Arlington, VA, and the Lightning Protection Institute are reminding those working outdoors of these lightning safety guidelines.
Data from the National Weather Service shows lightning strikes are fatal in approximately 10 percent of strike victims. Another 70 percent of survivors suffer serious long-term effects.
Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. Because lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not a sign of safety. If you hear thunder, take cover.
For protection in homes and buildings, consider contracting with an experienced LPI-certified lightning protection specialist to install a lightning protection system, which can intercept lightning strikes and guide the current harmlessly to the ground.
ESFI and LPI recommend following these guidelines to stay safe during electrical storms: