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Lightning

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

RETURN TO FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

 

We have a Certified Technician for Child Passenger Safety at Black Jack Fire Protection. Please bring your car seats to
House #3, 5675 N. Hwy 67, for a safety check and/or installation, or call 314-741-9905 and ask for Nancy.

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