Lightning Safety Week
GREEN BAY -- It's the National Weather Service's Lightning Safety Week and it's importatnt to remember that lightning isn't just something that's fun to watch.Photo: Video by nbc26.com
GREEN BAY -- It's the National Weather Service's Lightning Safety Week and it's importatnt to remember that lightning isn't just something that's fun to watch.
It kills more than 50 people in the U.S. each year and injures hundreds. Experts say that if you hear thunder, you're in danger.
Jeff Last with the National Weather Service in Green Bay says, "Lightning can kill. And you don't have to have a severe thunderstorm to be in line to be struck by lightning because all thunderstorms contain lightning."
Don't be fooled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Don't wait, seek shelter immediately. Remember: When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!
-- A fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing offers the best protection. Sheds, picnic shelters and covered porches DO NOT protect you from lightning.
-- If a building is not available get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close all the windows.
-- Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
-- Don't use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless and cell phones are safe to use.
-- Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring.
-- Because water pipes conduct electricity, don't take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.
-- Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike taller object in an area.
-- Get an Emergency Weather Radio. It will broadcast the latest forecast for thunderstorms.
-- Remember, any thunderstorm, whether it is severe or not, can produce deadly lightning.
-- Act fast if someone is struck by lightning:
-- Lightning victims don't carry an electric charge and are safe to touch and need urgent medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death. Call 911 immediately.
-- Give CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.
-- If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice. Don't be a victim.