Every thunderstorm produces lightning, so if you can hear thunder you are in danger of being struck by lightning!  When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning can strike up to 25 miles from a thunderstorm

"Heat lightning" is really just lightning that is very distant, and often partially hidden by clouds

In a study covering the years 1957 to 2007, Kentucky ranked:

  • 20th in lightning deaths (90)
  • 24th in lightning injuries (218)
  • 19th in lightning related damage (629 reports)

Lightning kills an average of 54 people every year.

Lightning causes about $5 billion in economic losses each year in the U.S.

The odds of an individual being a lightning casualty  in any given year in the U.S. is about 280,000-to-one.  That's about a 3,000-to-one chance over a lifetime, and 300-to-one chance of having a family member or friend suffering a lightning strike.

For more information on lightning safety, click here.

To test your lightning safety, check out the Lightning Safety Game.



The best thing you can do to avoid lightning danger is to learn and praactice good lightning safety!

No place outside is safe near a thunderstorm.

A house or other fully enclosed substantially constructed building offers your best protection against lightning.  However, be sure to stay away from telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.  Inner rooms are the safest places.

A car with a metal roof and sides is your second best protection against lightning.  As in a building, dojn't touch any conducting paths leading outside.  It is the metal shell of the vehicle that protects you, not the rubber tires. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.