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A single lightning bolt carries approximately 300 million volts of electricity. According to NOAA and NWS, each year in the United States, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes and approximately 300 people struck by lightning. Of those struck, many people are killed and others suffer lifelong disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be prevented. When thunderstorms threaten, get inside a building with plumbing or electricity, or a hard-topped metal vehicle!

Safety Guidelines:

  • Have a lightning safety plan in place
  • Monitor the weather
  • Get to a safe location
  • Keep away from electrical equipment and water
  • Do not use a corded phone except in an emergency

Facts about Lightning:

  • ALL thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous
  • Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall
  • If you can hear thunder, you are in danger!


Visit NOAA or the National Weather Service for more information on lightning and lightning safety, or download NOAA's Lightning Safety Brochure.