Growing Your Future
in Agriculture

12 April 2011
Topic: Agronomy

April Showers and Lightening Safety


We’ve all heard the saying, ‘April showers bring may flowers,’ but with that can also come dangerous lightening, damaging winds, and even tornadoes. So, Career Solutions has compiled some safety precautions to keep you and your family safe if you happen to be in harm’s way. We’re going to start this series with lightening.

Lightening - According to Lightening Safety, In the United States, an average of 58 people are killed each year by lightning. To date, there have been 29 lightning deaths in 2010.

Hundreds of people are permanently injured each year. People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, including memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and more.

While most lightning casualties occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed. If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike. It is very important to seek safe shelter immediately

However, when inside during a thunderstorm, avoid contact with anything that could conduct a lightning strike to you, including anything that plugs into a wall outlet, corded phones, plumbing, metal doors, and window frames.

This means do not take a shower or bath during a thunderstorm. Battery-operated computers and cell phones are fine. Generally, enclosed metal vehicles (not convertibles), with the windows rolled up, provide good shelter from lightning If a storm is approaching, get inside immediately.

Gazebos, rain or picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, convertible vehicles, and golf carts do not provide protection from lightning. When lightning can be seen or heard, the danger is already present.

For more info on lightening, visit here.

Have you ever had any close calls with lightening? We'd like to hear your story.