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The Deadly Danger Of Lightning!

On average there are 55 deaths each year in the United States resulting from lightning strikes. If you are outside and can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck! Lightning can strike as far as 15 miles from any rain falling with the thunderstorm.


Lightning Safety Fact And Fiction


Example of lightning following the wiring in a house in Beach, ND, in 2010. The lightning blew out the phone jack in the wall. During a thunderstorm always avoid using eletrical appliances. Even though you are inside, the lightning can follow the wires and enter your body through the device!
  • FACT: There is no safe place outdoors when a thunderstorm is nearby. Whether on the lake, the golf course, or the playground, seek shelter immediately!
  • FICTION: The rubber soles of your shoes protect you from being struck by lightning. The truth is that rubber soles provide NO added protection.
  • FACT: The vast majority of lightning victims were on their way to a safe place but waited too long to seek shelter.
  • FICTION: People struck by lightning should not be touched because they carry an electric charge. The truth is victims carry no charge. Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR or use an AED if lightning is no longer a threat while applying first aid.
  • FACT: Wait at least 30 minutes after a thunderstorm has passed to go outside once again.
  • FICTION: "Heat Lightning" occurs after hot summer days and poses no threat. The truth is "Heat Lightning" is simply lightning from a thunderstorm that is so far away that you cannot hear the thunder.
  • FACT: Do not use a landline phone or take a shower or bath during a thunderstorm. The lightning can travel through the wiring and plumbing of the house and injure or kill you. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.