Social Media: Lightning Safety
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Please help the NWS spread these important safety messages on social media! Everyone is welcome to use the text and images provided below to help the NWS build a Weather-Ready Nation.

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Summer is the most dangerous season for lightning. Most lightning fatalities occur in June, July and August. It is NEVER safe to be outside during a thunderstorm. When thunder roars, go indoors! weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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Summer is the most dangerous season for lightning. Go inside during a t-storm.weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety
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Fishing

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Going fishing? Check the forecast before you go. If thunderstorms are in the forecast and you won’t have quick access to a safe shelter, reschedule for another day. Fishing is one of the top activities people are doing when they are struck by lightning. weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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Going fishing? Reschedule if storms are in the forecast and you don’t have quick access to a safe shelter #LightningSafety

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Camping

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Going camping? If there is lightning in the area, a tent is not safe. Find a sturdy building for shelter. If you can’t find one and are near your car, shelter in it with the windows up. weather.gov/lightning

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Camping? Know where to shelter during a thunderstorm. weather.gov/lightning #SummerSafety

Boating Safety

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Thunderstorms can be a mariners worst nightmare.  They can develop quickly and can produce strong wind, pounding rain and deadly lightning. If you see clouds beginning to pile up, thunderstorms are likely beginning to develop. Don’t wait until you can hear thunder or see lightning. It is best to head to port or safe shelter at the first sign of a developing storm.  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/during.shtml

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Boaters: When storms start to form, head to port or safe shelter immediately! http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/safeboating/during.shtml #LightningSafety
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Beach

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Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or an afternoon at the pool, at the first sign of a storm, you should gather your things and seek shelter. By the time you hear thunder or see lightning, you’re already in danger. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!  weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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By the time you hear thunder or see lightning, you’re already in danger. weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety
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Lightning Deaths

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Lightning deaths are up this year. Although lightning can strike anywhere, at any time, it's valuable to know where lightning deaths have occurred and what victims were doing when they were struck. Our lightning fatalities statistics page contains all this information. How vulnerable is your area to lightning? Learn more…

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.shtml  #LightningSafety

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Lightning deaths are preventable. Don’t be a statistic.
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.shtml   #LightningSafety
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Leon the Lion

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When it comes to lightning, what’s safe? What isn’t safe? Find out with Leon the Lion’s Lightning Safety Game, a fun online activity for kids of all ages.
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/multimedia/Lightning_Game.swf #LightningSafety

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Learn Lightning safety with Leon the Lion! http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/multimedia/Lightning_Game.swf #LightningSafety
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Safety at Ballgames

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Whether you’re attending a little league baseball game or a professional sporting event, the same rule applies: When Thunder Roars Go Indoors! It is never safe to be outside when lightning is in the area.weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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Whether playing or watching, When Thunder Roars Go Indoors!  weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety
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Learn About Lightning

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Is it true that lightning never strikes the same place twice? Are you safe from lightning if you are under a tree? Do the tires on a car keep you safe from lightning? Learn the answers to these and other lightning questions at: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml #LightningSafety

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Lightning myths are busted at: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml #LightningSafety
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Learn More About Lightning

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Lightning is one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. It is also one of the least understood weather phenomena. Get a more detailed look at the science behind one of nature's most underrated killers. http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/science/scienceintro.htm #LightningSafety

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Discover the science behind lightning. http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/science/scienceintro.htm #LightningSafety #SummerSafety
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Water-Related Lightning Fatalities

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Fishing is the number one water related recreational activity for lightning strikes fatalities.  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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Fishing is #1 water related recreational activity for lightning deaths. www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov #LightningSafety
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Lightning Fatalities by Activity

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63% of all lightning related deaths occur when people are having fun outside. The number one recreational activity that people are taking part in when they are struck by lightning is fishing.  weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety

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63% of all lightning related deaths occur when people are having fun outside. weather.gov/lightning #LightningSafety
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Lightning Safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

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If you see a flash, dash inside! Some can't rely on audible cues for lightning safety to stay weather aware. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community rely on visual cues to know when to seek shelter.
https://youtu.be/uU1lO1S15e4

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If you see a flash, dash inside! See this PSA for the deaf and hard of hearing. #lightningsafety
https://youtu.be/uU1lO1S15e4


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