Our friends at the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tell us that, on average, lightning kills 58 people and injures at least 400 others in the US each year–that’s more than hurricanes or tornadoes. Many lightning injuries are serious and lifelong, and they can include severe headaches, memory loss, muscle pain and numbness, and depression. To learn more about the devastating injuries suffered by one teen, go to http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/multimedia/new-bryan/EllenBryan_Lightning_v1.mov.
Did you know that 85 percent of lightning victims are male between the ages of 15 and 40, and that 50 percent of them were out in the open when struck by lightning? There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm! If you are outside and hear thunder, seek indoor shelter immediately. Many lightning victims are just steps away from a safe shelter. It’s important to head for a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle as fast as you can. Remember, if thunder roars, STOP ACTIVITIES and go indoors! To learn more about lightning safety, go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov. National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 20-26, 2010.
Want more information on weather hazards? Take Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather in the E-Learning Center. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. You will answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online. Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.