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Five New Stats on Lightning Deaths in The U.S.

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Apparently it’s National Lightning Safety Awareness Week right now. We weren’t sure how that was relevant in late June. But based on their findings, it actually is. 

The National Weather Service just released a bunch of new statistics about the people who have died from lightning in the U.S. in the past seven years. Here are the five big findings.

1. Since 2006, 238 people in the U.S. have died after being struck by lightning. That includes seven people so far this year.

2. 82% were male.

3. 64% died doing a leisure activity. Fishing was the most common, followed by camping, boating, soccer, and golf.

4. Kids are most likely to die from lightning when they’re doing chores. So tell your kids they can stop taking out the garbage if there’s a storm.

5. 70% of deaths from lightning happen in June, July, and August.

I was always told never take a shower during a storm. Also I needed to get off of the telephone. Were you told anything by friends or family about lightning? Are you scared to do anything while it is lightning?

[National Weather Service]



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