Lightning is one of nature's biggest killers. But don't take my word for it, read this: Lighting: Nature's Underrated Killer.
Or read these facts:
- Lightning claims more victims every year then tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
- Lightning is the second largest weather-related killer (floods are the worst).
- The odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000.
- The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.
- Most lightning deaths and injuries in the United States occur during the summer months, when the combination of lightning and outdoor activities is at its highest.
- Always avoid being the highest object anywhere. Do not take shelter near or under the highest object, including tall trees.
- Lightning can occur before and after storms, so be careful even after you think the storm has ended.
- Lightning can strike the same place twice, and often does.
Instead, tell the kids this, "If you can hear it, clear it. If you can see it, flee it." Or, "When thunder roars, go indoors." The kids also need to know not to stand under a tree, on top of a hilltop, or be in or near water.
And last, the kids need to know that even when they are indoors they are still not totally safe from lightning. We need to teach them that it is important to stay away from windows and doors and avoid contact with anything that conducts electricity, including landline telephones. The majority of people hurt by lightning at home are talking on the telephone.
And no, I don't any of this makes me hyper-vigilant. I think this makes me a good mom, albeit a slightly safety-obsessed one.
Information source. More lightning safety here as well.
This is my twenty-second instruction for my husband in the ongoing series Instructions for My Husband.
What safety rules do you always make sure to follow?