According to the National Weather Service, an average of 25 million lightning strikes are detected each year in the United States. Thunderstorms which produce lightning are most common in the early afternoon with the peak season for strikes is during the summer. Lightning can strike even when the thunderstorm is 5 to 10 miles away. If you can hear thunder, you are at risk of getting hit by lightning. You should be aware of the dangers of house fires that are triggered by lightning strikes. Some safety tips for indoor safety during lightning storms are:
•Be sure to have smoke alarms in the home with working batteries,
•Have and practice a home fire escape plan,
•Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that would put you in direct contact with electricity,
•Stay away from windows and doors, and
•Avoid washing your hands, showering, bathing, doing laundry, or washing dishes.
Johnny Bellows, Fire Chief