FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Ah, yes summertime means cook-outs, pool time and fun in the sun.
But, it’s also the time of year that heat and humidity causes thunderstorms.
Storms bring us an underrated killer: lightning.
This week is National #LightningSafetyAwarenessWeek. @ByuEmergency wants to remind you as you head outdoors for the summer to be aware of the dangers of lightning and take appropriate actions to stay safe! pic.twitter.com/lZWpArEAXC
— BYU Emergency Management (@ByuEmergency) June 23, 2020
Over a 30 year average, lightning is responsible for an average of 47 deaths per year across the United States.
An average of 500+ lightning injuries are reported each year but this number is likely underreported.
As #LightningSafetyAwarenessWeek continues, we're going to look at some #lightning stats. Lightning is most common in the southern/eastern U.S., but does occur out west as well. No matter where you live or travel, lightning is a deadly threat. #orwx #wawx pic.twitter.com/hGLrflZPDp
— NWS Pendleton (@NWSPendleton) June 24, 2020
July is considered the deadliest month for lightning strikes in the United States.
June and August are the second deadliest.
These months have the most deaths because this is the time when people are outdoors enjoying the warmer weather.
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) June 23, 2020
Since Lightning Safety Awareness Week began in 2001, deaths from lightning have dropped.
Despite the drop, lightning remains the 3rd deadliest type of weather in the U.S.
One of the most important things to remember, ‘when thunder roars, go indoors.’
If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
It’s #lightningsafetyawarenessweek, ⚡ an opportunity to learn about the dangers of lightning and how to develop a safety plan. To learn more about lightning safety, visit https://t.co/O4j3rMYx7A pic.twitter.com/LPEq8Dj0WX
— Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources (@waDNR) June 24, 2020
There have been 4 lightning related deaths in 2020, don't become a statistic.