Lightning Safety Awareness Week

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By Melissa Kohn
By Brandon Merano

MARION -- The National Weather Service celebrates Lightning Safety Awareness the last week of June each year. While lightning is a danger all year long, people spend more time enjoying the outdoors in the summer months, increasing their exposure.

Lightning deaths have steadily decreased since the launch of the annual campaign in 2001, unfortunately the National Weather Service is still reporting an average of 42 deaths and hundreds of lightning related injuries each year.

This year's campaign slogan is "When thunder roars, head indoors." The National Weather Service says the best protection from lightning is a sturdy, enclosed building. Gazebos, tents, picnic pavilions and other structures without walls do not offer proper protection from lightning.

While a secure building is the best choice for avoiding lightning, a car can also protect you from lightning strikes. Open vehicles and golf carts, however, are not safe.

For more lightning safety tips, click the link at the top of the page.
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