When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

NEWS RELEASE

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Lightning Safety Week: June 24-30, 2007

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena—lightning. Safeguarding U.S. residents from dangerous lightning is the goal of the National Weather Service's "Lightning Safety" Web site. The campaign is designed to lower lightning death and injury rates and America's vulnerability to one of nature's deadliest hazards.

In the United States, an average of 66 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2006, there were 47 confirmed deaths and 246 confirmed injuries. The injury number is likely far lower than it should be because many people do not seek help or doctors do not record it as a lightning injury.

People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, including memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and an inability to sit for long.

Lightning is a serious danger. Through this site we hope you'll learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings. As a start, get an overview of Lightning Safety by visiting the National Weather Service's "Lightning Safety" Web site at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

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