NES Highlights Safety Tips During Lightning Safety Awareness Week

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, established in 2001 by the Lightning Safety Council International, is June 23-29. National Lightning Safety Awareness Week informs people about what to do during severe weather. Since the week was established, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from about 55 per year to less than 30. 

Do you know what to do if lightning strikes? Read below for some tips to ensure safety if lightning strikes in your area:

  • Monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the weather becomes threatening. Substantial buildings and hard-topped vehicles are safe options. Rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not.
  • When inside, do not touch anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet. Cell phones and cordless phones are safe. Keep away from outside doors and windows and do not lie on a garage floor.
  • For pet owners, always bring pets inside. Dog houses are not safe, and pets chained to trees or on metal runners are vulnerable to lightning.
  • There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Stay away from:
    • Tall objects or locations (e.g., trees, power poles, light poles, rooftops and mountaintops)
    • Open areas (e.g., sports fields, hiking trails, hunting areas, golf courses)
    • Unprotected buildings or open structures like carports or patios
    • Open vehicles like riding mowers or motorcycles

If someone is struck by lightning, call 911 immediately.

For more information about Lightning Safety Awareness Week, click here.