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Lightning safety tips

Summer is the peak season for one of the nations deadliest weather phenomena...lightning. This week is Lightning Safety Week, according to the National Weather Service.

28 people were killed in the nation last year by lightning strikes, including 67-year-old Kathleen Friend in Jessamine County in July. Each year, more than 400 are struck in the United States, according to the NWS.

The National Weather Service says, during storms, avoid the lightning threat. They say stay away from open areas, stay away from isolated tall trees, towers, or utility poles. Also, stay away from metal conductors, such as wires, bleachers, or fences.

They also say have a safety plan. Know where to go for safety, and how much time it will take to get there. They say, if you hear thunder, don't use a corded phone, except in an emergency, and keep away from electrical equipment and wiring. Also, water pipes conduct electricity. Don't take a bath or shower, or use other plumbing during a storm.

All thunderstorms produce lightning, and are dangerous. The National Weather Service says act fast if someone is struck. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, and need immediate attention. Do not delay CPR if someone is struck, and use an Automatic External Defribrillator if one is available.


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