Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings Montana., July 28, 2016--//mna press//--Billings experienced a thunder storm recently with plenty of lightning. To teach children about lighting safety use the slogan “When lightning roars, go indoors!”, says William Roeder, a meteorologist with the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron. To protect yourself from a lighting strike you should:
1.) Go indoors (this is the safest place!)
Once inside avoid using metal plumbing, and corded electronics (the electronics without cords are OK)
2.) Get in your vehicle (the metal frame will divert the electricity)
There is no safe place outdoors when lightning is in your area, lightning can strike anything. It is a myth that it will only strike the highest object.
If you want to learn more about lightning safety go to NASA's website, nasa.gov or the National Weather Service website, weather.gov. You can always work with local agencies to promote the National Weather Service's sponsored Lightning Safety Awareness week held during the last week of June to help educate your community.
Lightning strikes are deadly, however, a report on lighting in 2013 stating that there have been 268 deaths since 2006 which sounds pretty bad but if you do the math for those 7 years of data that is approximately 38 deaths per year in the US.
There are approximately 321 million people in the US. When people say to you, “you have a one in a million chance of being struck by lightning.” You actually have a 1 in 8 million chance of being struck by lightning. With additional precautions by going indoors during a thunderstorm you can reduce those chances even more. According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau 143.7 million people play the lottery each year so even by not “playing it safe” to avoid lightning, you still have a better chance of winning the lottery every year than you do of getting hit by lightning!
On a different note, the report done in 2013, was by a National News station and it was a bit misleading, they make the facts of 268 deaths seem like this is happening every year and lightning deaths are rising however, we did the math for you and when using the simple slogan given by Roeder you most likely will live your entire life without ever being hit by lightning or knowing anyone hit by lightning.
The point of this story is to get you to protect yourself during a storm and if you want facts that are not skewed or want a no B.S zone when it comes to your news source choose the Montana News!