NEWS RELEASE: Lightning Preparedness - When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Communications Specialist
Jennifer Hillmann
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Lightning Preparedness: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Centennial, Colo. – June 19, 2017 — Lightning strikes the ground in Colorado more than a half million times each year and with many of us participating in outdoor summer activities, we need to learn how to protect ourselves from lightning hazards.

It is important to remember that although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year.  According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.  In 2016 there were a total of 38 people killed from lightning strikes. A woman was killed from a lightning strike during May 2017 in Colorado while horseback riding.
Here are a couple important things to keep in mind before venturing outdoors:
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out.  An informed decision will help you avoid being in an area where lightning is expected to occur. 
  • Stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Radio, check National Weather Service websites or access your favorite weather mobile applications on your cell phone for the most current forecast.
Once you are outside keep these tips in mind if you have a safe location nearby:
  • Know where the nearest safe location is located.
    • A safe location is any substantial building, such as a business, a home or a church.
    • Any enclosed hard-topped automobile also offers protection from lightning.
  • Once you hear thunder or see lightning immediately stop what you are doing and quickly get to a safe shelter. Do not wait until the rain starts to seek safe shelter.
Remember When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.  When you hear thunder or see lightning it is important for you, and your family, to act quickly.  If you are with a group of people, spread out.  This way if someone is struck by lightning the others can offer first aid.  If a substantial building is not nearby an enclosed automobile offers excellent protection from lightning as well.  Lastly, if you are inside a safe shelter during a storm, it is recommended you stay there for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. 
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