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Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Last updated on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(UNDATED) - This week starting from Sunday until this Saturday is the 9th annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week nationwide.

Lightning is the #2 severe weather killer averaging over 60 deaths and over 500 injuries per year.

Earlier this month a 10-year-old boy was struck and killed by lightning in Indianapolis while fishing with his dad.

To Stay Safe

When Outside:
- Watch for approaching or developing thunderstorms.
- Seek shelter as soon as you hear thunder. If you are close enough to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
- Seek shelter in a sturdy building away from windows, appliances, and plumbing.
- If sturdy shelter is not available, get into a hard topped vehicle.
- Do NOT seek shelter under trees or other tall and isolated objects.
- Do NOT seek shelter in partially-enclosed structures.

When Indoors:
- Avoid contact with plumbing and corded appliances.
- Stay away from doors and windows.
- Steer clear of porches, as well as walls and floors that might be metal reinforced.
- Remain in shelter for 30 minutes after last thunder is heard.
- Remember to bring your pets inside.
- Have a radio handy for information on thunderstorms and other hazardous weather.

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