Promote lightning safety through education and awareness.
The National Lightning Safety Council (LSC, www.lightningsafetycouncil.org) 2019 National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (LSAW) is June 23rd through June 29th. National Lightning Safety Awareness Week encourages education about lightning and lightning safety, including for project stakeholders and work crews across the construction industry and built environment.
Save lives, prevent injuries, and protect property from lightning.
Weather is one of the top three reasons for missed milestones in the construction industry and built environment, with negative impacts costing billions of dollars. WeatherBuild® offers a suite of decision support solutions that empower contractors, owners and operators to improve situational awareness and make better-informed decisions about weather events, safety hazards such as lightning strikes, schedule impacts, and probable outcomes.
Lightning can strike 10 miles from the rain area in a thunderstorm!
STOP all activities. Seek shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle.
Each year in the United States, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes and about 300 people struck by lightning. Of those struck, about 30 people are killed and others suffer lifelong disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be prevented. When thunderstorms threaten, get inside a building with plumbing and electricity, or a hard-topped metal vehicle!
Awareness about lightning hazards to ensure workers’ safety
Lightning strikes can severely injure or kill workers whose jobs involve working outdoors. Lightning is often overlooked as an occupational hazard, but employers need awareness about lightning hazards to ensure their workers’ safety. This fact sheet provides employers and workers at outdoor worksites with lightning safety recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- An Introduction to Lightning and Lightning Safety
- The Science of Lightning and Thunder
- Lightning Safety Outdoors
- Lightning Safety Indoors
- Medical Effects on Lightning Victims
National Lightning Safety Awareness Week was started in 2001 to call attention to this underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from about 50 per year to about 30. This reduction in fatalities is largely due to greater awareness of the lightning danger, and people seeking safety when thunderstorms threaten. During National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we encourage you to learn more about lightning and lightning safety.
The mission of the National Lightning Safety Council is to promote lightning safety through education and awareness. The council consists of lightning safety professionals working to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect property from lightning.
Lightning can strike 10 miles from the rain area in a thunderstorm. If you hear thunder, you need to get to a safe place immediately. We want to keep you safe! WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!
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