This week is Lightning Safety Awareness Week

This week June 24-30, 2012 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

Via the National Weather Service –  Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. The goal of this Website is to safeguard U.S. residents from lightning. In the United States, an average of 54 people are reported killed each year by lightning. To date, there have been 4 deaths in 2012. Find out the sad facts about lightning deaths in previous years.

Hundreds of people are permanently injured each year.  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.

Lightning is a serious danger.

All week we will post safety tips. Come back every day to learn more lighting safety awareness.

Here is a video on Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.

Remember

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”

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