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June 23, 2015
Safety tips for Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to more than 22,000 fires sparked by lightning. With summer the peak time of the year for lightning strikes and fires, the Lightning Protection Institute wants to make sure your employees and their families are protected. Get essential facts and safeguards here.

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To mark Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the Lightning Protection Institute (http://www.lightning.org) is reminding the public about the dangers of lightning and the risks of complacency regarding this serious hazard.

According to the organization, lightning associated with thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes can pose a variety of fire hazards. Lightning’s extreme electrical charge can cause destructive power surges through circuitry, burn holes in gas piping, explode brick and roofing materials, and ignite fires.

To mark Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 21-27), the institute has unveiled an eye-opening public service announcement that emphasizes the importance of protecting people, property, and places against this deadly but underrated threat. You can view the PSA at http://lightning.org/lsa-week.

Fortunately, say the lightning experts, the threat can be addressed with installation of a lightning protection system. Such systems provide a low-resistance network to safely intercept lightning’s harmful electricity and direct it to the ground without impact to a structure or building occupants.

NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems, provides lightning protection system requirements to help safeguard structures from fire risks and associated damage.

Share these tips to protect employees at work and at home

Staying safe outdoors

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
  • If you feel your hair stand on end, that means lightning is about to strike. Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize contact with the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground. This is a last resort when a building or hard-topped vehicle is not available.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and seek medical care immediately. Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge; attend to them immediately. Check their breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. CPR may be needed.

Staying safe indoors

  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, like computers, and turn off air conditioners. If you are unable to unplug them, turn them off.
  • Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that puts you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing.
  • Avoid washing hands, bathing, doing laundry, or washing dishes.
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