Lightning Safety Awareness Week   

June 22 - 28, 2014

There are an estimated 23 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000
of which occur in Illinois alone. Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the 
underrated killer. Few people really understand the dangers of lightning. Many people don’t act promptly to protect 
their lives, property and the lives of others. The first step in solving this potentially life-threatening problem is 
through education.

Each year in the United States, more than 1,000 people are struck by lightning. On average, around 55 people are 
killed and hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided 
with a few simple precautions. Lightning Safety Awareness Week is about educating you about what you can 
do to help protect yourself and your family. Lightning safety is a small inconvenience that can save your life!


  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!


Lightning Messages (Click on images below for a larger graphic)

       Lightning Fatalities by Activities              Fishing/Boating in a Thunderstorm can be Deadly


           Lightning & Outdoor Sports                                      Lightning & the Work Place


            Lightning Safety at Home                                       2014 Lightning Safety Guide (PDF)


                Other Links!!

Pictures & Video

     KIDS' PAGE (click here)

           Video of lightning strike in Decatur in 2004.  Video by Paul Hadfield.          
Videoclip of lightning 
 Decatur on May 24, 2004.
Courtesy of SWOP observer
Paul Hadfield


    Other Links...


Lightning and rainbow in Bloomington.  Photo by James Gluba.
Lightning and rainbow.
Photo by James Gluba, Bloomington, IL

(Click image to enlarge.)

        For the Media...






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