Fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening.
- During 2004-2008, U.S.fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 24,600 fires started by lightning. These fires caused annual averages of 12 civilian deaths, 47 civilian injuries, and $407 million in direct property damage.
- Outside and other fires accounted for 78% of the lightning fires reported to local fire departments.
- In 2004-2008, only 18% of reported lightning fires occurred in homes, but these accounted for 88% of the civilian deaths, 77% of the associated injuries and 70% of the property damage.
NFPA SAFETY TIPS
- If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall tress for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.
Stay away from windows and doors.
If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
Article from the National
Fire Protection Association
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