Lightning Safety Week!

Some recent incidents involving lightning strikes highlight the importance of teaching your kids about lightning safety.

Talking about lightning safety is especially timely as we wrap up Lightning Safety Week, a yearly observance of the National Weather Service.

We don’t think of lightning strikes that injure kids as being very common, but in the past week, there have been reports of:

  • about two dozen Boy Scouts getting burned when lightning struck a nearby tree while they were camping in New Hampshire.
  • three children at a summer camp in Indiana who were struck by lightning in an open field, leaving one of the children in critical condition.
  • an 8-year-old in Rib Mountain, Wisconsin who was struck by lightning while riding a motorcycle.

Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service states that “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.”

Lightning strikes peak in the summer. Be prepared and keep your kids safe.

*courtesy of about.com (Pediatrics)

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