Lightning Safety

This time of year thunderstorms are common across much of the U.S.—and it’s important to stay safe. The average number of lightning fatalities has gone down over the past two decades, but there are certain activities that have contributed to the most lightning-related deaths.

The National Lightning Safety Council (NLSC) says a review of some 418 lighting strikes that happened between 2006 and 2019 shows that 62 percent of deaths were linked to leisure activities. Fishing accounted for 40 of those deaths, while being at the beach, camping, and farming or ranching made up the largest portion of deaths. Some outdoor activities can drown out the sound of a storm approaching, and an expert says, “The key is there’s any threat at all, rumble of thunder or what looks like a threatening sky, you need to get into a safe place very quickly.”