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Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 23-29

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDNews) – June 23 through 29, dedicated as Lightning Safety Awareness Week, draws attention to the life-threatening dangers of lightning and provides information on how to stay safe.

According to the Enterprise Fire Department, more than 70% of lightning fatalities occur in June, July, or August. Not only do these months have the most lightning activity, but many people are enjoying activities outside during these months because of the warmer weather, increasing the risk of a person being struck by lightning.

From the years of 2013 to 2022, the state of Alabama had 13 lightning fatalities according to Storm Data.

Lightning is hotter than the surface of the Sun and can reach temperatures of around 50,000° F.

Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year.

The National Weather Service provides the tips below to stay safe from lightning:

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
  • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Remember, it is better to be safe than to be sorry, so head inside when you hear thunder or see lightning.