Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
800 AM EDT FRI JUN 19 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE
14TH THROUGH 20TH NEW YORK LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.
THIS IS THE LAST IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN BINGHAMTON NY CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND
LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME

ALTHOUGH HOUSES AND OTHER SUBSTANTIAL BUILDINGS OFFER THE
BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING, EACH YEAR MANY HOMES ACROSS
THE UNITED STATES ARE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.  IN FACT, ON
AVERAGE, LIGHTNING CAUSES ABOUT 4400 HOUSE FIRES AND 1800
OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES EACH YEAR, SOME OF WHICH ARE DEADLY.
ALL TOTALED, LIGHTNING CAUSES NEARLY 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN
DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN WAYS LIGHTNING ENTERS HOMES AND
BUILDINGS: (1) A DIRECT STRIKE, (2) THROUGH WIRES OR PIPES
THAT EXTEND OUTSIDE THE STRUCTURE AND (3) THROUGH THE
GROUND.  REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF ENTRANCE, ONCE IN A
STRUCTURE, THE LIGHTNING CAN TRAVEL THROUGH THE ELECTRICAL
AND PHONE WIRES, THE PLUMBING, AND/OR RADIO AND TELEVISION
RECEPTION SYSTEMS.

INDOOR SAFETY DEPENDS ON AVOIDING CONTACT WITH ITEMS THAT
COULD CONDUCT LIGHTNING WITHIN THE HOME.  HERE ARE SOME
INDOOR SAFETY TIPS TO FOLLOW WHEN A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE
AREA.

 1. DON`T TOUCH ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT OR CORDS.  IF YOU PLAN TO
    UNPLUG ANY ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, DO SO WELL BEFORE THE
    STORM ARRIVES.

 2. STAY OFF CORDED PHONES.

 3. AVOID CONTACT WITH PLUMBING. DO NOT WASH YOUR HANDS, TAKE
    A SHOWER, WASH DISHES OR DO LAUNDRY.

 4. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS AND STAY OFF PORCHES.

IN CASE YOUR HOME IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:

* EVACUATE YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SMELL SMOKE AND CALL
  911.

* CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT AND, IF POSSIBLE, HAVE
  THEM CHECK FOR HOT SPOTS IN YOUR WALLS WITH THERMAL
  IMAGING EQUIPMENT.

* MAKE SURE ALL SMOKE DETECTORS ARE POWERED AND OPERATING
  PROPERLY.

* IF NEEDED, HAVE A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN CHECK THE WIRING
  IN YOUR HOME.

LIGHTNING QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT ARE LIGHTNING RODS AND HOW
DO THEY WORK?

LIGHTNING RODS PROTECT A HOME FROM A DIRECT LIGHTNING STRIKE,
BUT THEY DO NOT PREVENT A HOME FROM BEING STRUCK.  THEY ARE
DESIGNED TO INTERCEPT LIGHTNING, TO PROVIDE A CONDUCTIVE PATH
FOR THE HARMFUL ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE TO FOLLOW AND TO DISPERSE
THE ENERGY SAFELY INTO THE GROUND.  WHILE LIGHTNING RODS HELP
PROTECT A STRUCTURE FROM A DIRECT LIGHTNING STRIKE, A COMPLETE
LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM IS NEEDED TO HELP PREVENT HARMFUL
ELECTRICAL SURGES AND POSSIBLE FIRE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING ENTERING
A STRUCTURE VIA WIRES AND PIPES.  LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS
SHOULD BE PURCHASED FROM AND INSTALLED BY A CERTIFIED LIGHTNING
PROTECTION SPECIALIST.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY,
VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:

HTTPS://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV (ALL LOWER CASE).

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVID NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
FOR NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON AT 607-770-9531 X 223
OR VIA EMAIL AT DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

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KAH



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