Lightning is a serious danger. Did you know it’s the third highest storm-related killer, following floods and tornadoes? In the United States, an average of 55 people are reported killed each year by lightning and hundreds are permanently injured.
People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, including memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and more. Most of the deaths and injuries caused by lighting can be prevented! This is definitely something you should talk to your kids about.
In this special PSA, Ellen Bryan, winner of the 2011 Miss Ohio title, tells the story of why she supports this campaign and safety initiative. Ellen has been affected personally by a lightning-related injury- her sister was struck while working on a golf course where she was severely injured and ultimately paralyzed. So sad.
Some tips from the National Weather Service (NWS):
- Get into a substantial building or hardtop vehicle at the first rumble of thunder; if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
- Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring during a thunderstorm, including corded phones and computers.
- Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and don’t lie on or against concrete surfaces.
To learn more, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.