When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!!!
June 20th to June 26th is Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Medical Aspects of Lightning
Over the last 30 years, there has been an average of 66 reported lightning fatalities per year. Only about 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed. The injuries can affect people for years after though.
About one third of all lightning related injuries occur during work. Another third occur during recreational or sports activities, while the last third occur in more diverse situations including simply being indoors.
Lightning tends to be a nervous system injury and may affect the brain. People often have difficulty with memory, multitasking, distractibility, irritability, and personality change. Early on, survivors often have intense headaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and other post-concussion types of symptoms. Depression often becomes a problem as well, which can affect the victim’s entire family.
For additional information, please check out the NOAA webpage dedicated to lightning information and safety at: www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov