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Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself From Lightning Strike During A Thunderstorm

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You recheck your supplies list, make final travel route decision and pack all your bags for a nice afternoon picnic. Just before you leave, you look at the weather forecast, and see a remote chance of some thunderstorms in a few hours. Backing your luck, you go anyway, hoping against hope that this is one of those miscalculated, over cautious report. If this turns out to be the case then it’s a hurrah for your sixth sense; but what if the weather forecast was right? What if you are caught out in the open, with angry, thunderous clouds approaching fast! Do you stay near the lake on the picnic spot? Or hide under a nearby tree? Or not be scared at all, after all it is just lightning and a drizzle?

WRONG! Lightning is never to be taken lightly, and the numbers ahead will prove to you why. Most of the people err in judgement when encountered with such a scenario, and usually this is a costly mistake!

Your best bet in this case is to find a concrete building or a roof. If no substantial, non-concrete shelter is nearby ONLY THEN get into your car and wait out the storm. In this article, we will give you some great tips on how you can remain safe by taking simple precautions.

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Risks of Lightning Strikes

Although the odds of someone being struck by lightning are only around 1 in 500,000, it is still not worth taking the risk. Some factors can add to this possibility and puts you in a greater vulnerability. Lightning most often strikes people who are caught in a storm in the open or are engaging in outdoor/recreational activities. Seasonal and climatic conditions can also affect your risk of being injured by lightning.

Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania have the most lightning deaths and injuries. Florida is the macabre “lightning capital” of the country, recording over 2,000 lightning injuries over the past 50 years.

The consequences of lightning strikes are serious, which range from light burns to death. Lightning is one of the biggest means of weather-related deaths. So what can you do to save yourself from getting hit by this unforeseen disaster?

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Protect Yourself from Lightning Strikes

You can protect yourself and reduce the risk by following simple guidelines and taking some sensible precautions!

Safety precautions if you are outdoors

Safety precautions indoors

Lightning strikes may be rare, but they do happen. You don’t want to be the 1 out of 500,000 who is hit, as it comes with the risk of serious injury or death. So take thunderstorms seriously!

You can watch the video to learn and follow the safety rules in order to keep yourself safe from lightning strikes.

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