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Lightning Safety at the Beach

Posted by Jody on September 5, 2011

“Maybe a few statistics will be the best way to hit home the idea of how dangerous lightning is. Florida’s Natural History Museum estimates that someone has a 1 in 79,746 chance of being fatally struck by lightning while the chance of someone being victim to a fatal shark attack is 1 in 3,748,067. That means lightning is nearly fifty times more dangerous than sharks.” (From the article: Lightning is Extremely Dangerous on the Beach @ One of the most important and common sense Lightning Safety Tips is to listen to the lifeguards’ directives and clear the beach when they give the word. They’ve seen it all!

Double Lightening (Photo by NikoSilver, from Wikimedia Commons)

Double Lightning (Photo by NikoSilver, from Wikimedia Commons)

Here are some very practical lightning safety tips for beachcombers from NOAA:

Lightning - Toronto Thunderstorm (Photo by John R. Southern, from Wikimedia Commons)


“In  the United States, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning.  Already in 2008, 24 people have  died due to lightning strikes. In 2007, lightning killed 45 people in the U.S,  hundreds of others were injured. When  thunder roars, go indoors! The safest place during lightning  activity is a large enclosed building, not a picnic shelter or shed. The second  safest place is an enclosed metal vehicle, car, truck, van, etc., but NOT a  convertible, bike or other topless or soft-top vehicle. Wait 30 minutes until  after the last thunder crack before going back to the beach. For more  information about lightning safety, visit NOAA’s Lightning Safety Web  site.”

Have a safe and fun day at the beach!

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