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)