Lightning safety – what to do, how to protect yourself


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After lightning struck four people on Thursday this week right outside the White House in Washington, D.C. – two of those people succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead – people understandably focus on the harm and danger that the love at first sight.

How do you protect yourself?

What do you need to know about lightning to protect yourself?

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An interesting fact: men are more often struck by lightning than women because they are more generally involved in outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, golf and are therefore more exposed to it.

Over the past five years, the United States has recorded an average of 17 lightning fatalities.

Also, “more work-related work” such as outdoor construction and the like makes men more vulnerable to lightning strikes, said Derek Deroche, severe weather program coordinator for the National Weather Service, at ” FOX Weather Sunrise” last month.

The video shows the moment lightning strikes a truck in Tampa, Florida.
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Over the past five years, the United States has recorded an average of 17 lightning fatalities, although that rate has been steadily declining since the turn of the century, according to FOX Weather.

“It’s credit to a decades-long effort by the National Lightning Safety Council and the National Weather Service,” FOX Weather reported, “to highlight the dangers of lightning and what you can do to stay safe. “.

The warm weather that draws us outdoors increases the potential danger of lightning as thunderstorms approach.

“When we started the effort in 2001, the 10-year average number of lightning fatalities in the United States was 55 fatalities per year,” John Jensenius of the National Lightning Safety Council told FOX Weather.

“That 10-year average is now down to 23.”

Thunder, lightning and rain during a summer storm.

Thunder, lightning and rain during a summer storm.
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Here is some other general information you should know about lightning and safety.

The warm weather that draws us outdoors increases the potential danger of lightning as thunderstorms approach.

lightning some 25 million times a year in the United States and kills an average of 47 people, according to the National Weather Service.

“A significant number of lightning fatalities occur after the storm has passed.”

“Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of the year,” according to the NWS.

“While most lightning fatalities occur at the start of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning fatalities occur after the storm has passed,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as Fox News Digital previously reported it.

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“If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough to be struck by lightning.”

More tips for staying safe

If you’re outside and hear thunder, move as quickly as possible to a “substantial” building that has electricity or plumbing, or an enclosed, metal-roofed vehicle with the windows fully up, advises the National Weather Service.

Lightning lights up the sky over Lower Manhattan as a bolt strikes One World Trade Center on August 22, 2017, seen from Hoboken, NJ

Lightning lights up the sky over Lower Manhattan as a bolt strikes One World Trade Center on August 22, 2017, seen from Hoboken, NJ
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If you are indoors, avoid landline phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that provides direct contact with electricity.

Along with avoiding plumbing like sinks, tubs and faucets, officials recommend staying away from windows and doors — and not lying on concrete floors or leaning on concrete walls.

As thunderstorms approach, get out and stay away from bodies of water.

Based on a review of cases from 2006 to 2018, NOAA said nearly two-thirds of all lightning-related deaths occurred during outdoor recreational events.

For those caught outdoors with no safe shelter available, officials offer the following tips to help reduce the risk of being struck.

Never lie flat on the ground and never take shelter under an isolated tree.

Never take shelter on a cliff or rocky basement.

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Stay away from elevated areas.

As thunderstorms approach, get out and stay away from bodies of water.

Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as power lines and barbed wire fences.

FOX Weather, along with Travis Fedshun and James Rogers, contributed to this report.


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