Summer is the season to be outside. Warm weather compels us to run... swim... hike and ride... and the long hours of sunlight provide ample time to enjoy this most active of seasons. Summer is also prime time for thunderstorms... which produce lightning... among other potentially dangerous hazards.
June 23-29, 2013 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week! Lightning occurs in ALL thunderstorms and it is estimated that over 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year in the United States.
Did you know that Georgia sees an average of 60 thunderstorm days per year? Last year (2012)... lightning accounted for 28 deaths in the U.S.... down from the 30-year average of 55. That number can be reduced even more by knowing how to avoid lightning and what to do if you are stuck outside during a thunderstorm.
These helpful hints from Earth Guage will help you stay safe:
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