Monday, June 22, 2009

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

AWESOME link to lightning safety info on the NSSTC Weather Blog

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
456 AM CDT MON JUN 22 2009

...AN INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTNING SAFETY...

THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. LIGHTNING
KILLS--PLAY IT SAFE!

IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR, THERE ARE ABOUT 25 MILLION CLOUD-TO-
GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE FASCINATING TO
WATCH, IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DURING THE LAST 30 YEARS,
LIGHTNING HAS KILLED AN AVERAGE OF 73 PEOPLE PER YEAR IN THE UNITED
STATES WHILE INJURING 300 MORE. BRINGING THAT DOWN TO THE LOCAL
LEVEL, ALABAMA HAD 102 REPORTED LIGHTNING DEATHS BETWEEN 1959 AND
2006,RANKING 24TH IN THE NATION FOR HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE.

DURING A THUNDERSTORM, EACH LIGHTNING FLASH IS A POTENTIAL KILLER.
LIGHTNING CAN EVEN STRIKE UP TO 10 MILES FROM THE MAIN AREA OF THE
THUNDERSTORM. THAT IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER FROM
THE STORM. WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN SEE THE ACTUAL LIGHTNING FLASH,
IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE AT RISK OF BEING STRUCK. IN
ADDITION TO THE VISIBLE FLASH OF LIGHTNING, THE CURRENT ASSOCIATED
WITH THE LIGHTNING DISCHARGE TRAVELS ALONG THE GROUND. ALTHOUGH
SOME VICTIMS ARE STRUCK DIRECTLY BY THE STROKE, MANY VICTIMS ARE
STRUCK AS THE CURRENT MOVES IN AND ALONG THE GROUND.

PEOPLE NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF WHAT BEHAVIOR PUTS THEM AT THE
GREATEST RISK OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND KNOW WHAT THEY CAN
DO TO REDUCE THAT RISK. THOSE IN CHARGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND
EVENTS SHOULD HAVE AND FOLLOW A SPECIFIC LIGHTNING SAFETY PLAN TO
MINIMIZE DANGER TO PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS. THE GREATEST
NUMBER OF LIGHTNING DEATHS AND INJURIES OCCURS DURING THE SUMMER
MONTHS WHEN BOTH LIGHTNING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES REACH THEIR
PEAKS. DURING THE SUMMER, PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WARM WEATHER
TO ENJOY A MULTITUDE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE
ACTIVITIES PUT THEM AT GREATER RISK OF BEING STRUCK. EVEN
INDOORS, PEOPLE MUST AVOID ACTIVITIES THAT PUT THEM AT RISK. IN
PARTICULAR, PEOPLE SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM OUTSIDE DOORS AND WINDOWS
AND AVOID CONTACT WITH ANYTHING THAT CONDUCTS ELECTRICITY.

FINALLY, IN THE EVENT THAT A PERSON IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING,
IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE MAY BE NECESSARY TO SAVE THE PERSONS LIFE.
CARDIAC ARREST, BURNS, AND NERVE DAMAGE ARE COMMON IN CASES WHERE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. HOWEVER, WITH PROPER
TREATMENT, INCLUDING CPR IF NECESSARY, MOST VICTIMS SURVIVE A
LIGHTNING STRIKE EVEN THOUGH THE LONG TERM EFFECTS ON THEIR LIVES
AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES CAN BE DEVASTATING. FOR MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING SAFETY, VISIT
WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

$$


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