About 400 people are struck by lightning each year and there are about 55 deaths per year based on a 30 year average. 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. Some safety tips for outdoor safety during lightning storms are:
•Seek shelter immediately in a building or a hard-topped vehicle,
•If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately,
•If you cannot get to shelter and you feel your hair stand on end, indicating that lightning is about to strike, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and put your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. This is the last resort when shelter is not available.
•If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 to get medical care immediately. Victims of lightning strikes do not carry an electrical charge, so attend to them promptly. Administer CPR if you know how and if it is needed.
If you would like more information about CPR contact the fire department.
Stay S.A.F.F.E. Johnny Bellows, Fire Chief