Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Safe Shelters and Indoor Lightning Safety

The week of June 22 through June 28 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week in Colorado and nationwide. This public information statement will discuss safe shelters and indoor lightning safety.

Statistics tell us that we are much less likely to become a lightning victim if we remain inside a substantial structure such as a home or office building when thunderstorms are nearby. In 2013, 23 people in the United States lost their lives after being struck by lightning and countless others were injured. While most people struck by lightning are outside in open areas such as ball fields, parks, golf courses, near water or some type of machinery, a small percentage of those killed or injured are indoors. Therefore it is important to discuss indoor lightning safety.

Read the full blog post written by the National Weather Service at