Lightning Strikes 25 million times a year!

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that every year lightning strikes at least 25 million times, and in the United States alone, an average of 49 people are killed and 400 injured as a result of lightning each year. It is simply not safe to be outdoors during a thunderstorm. That is why NWS advises, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” However once inside a safe shelter, there are additional and important safety steps to take.

Last year, a teenage girl and her family took cover inside of their home during a tornado warning. They thought that they were safe from the effects of the storm until the daughter opened the refrigerator. She let out a scream as there was a loud boom and the house went dark. She had been struck by lightning. Fox 7 in Austin, Texas reports that although the teen is now fine, she was initially rushed to the hospital after being unable to walk, shaking with severe pain from the lightning strike.

Staying inside reduces the risk for lightning strikes, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-third of lightning strike injuries occur indoors. Safe Electricity recommends the following tips to help keep you safe inside the home during a thunderstorm…

  • During a storm, stay away from anything that conducts electricity inside of the home. This includes corded phones, plumbing, or running water. Cellular or cordless phones are safe to use during a storm.
  • Never use your computer, gaming systems, washer, dryer, or any other appliance that connects to an electrical outlet…