Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS State College, PA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
848 AM EDT THU JUN 26 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE FOURTH IN
A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

TODAYS TOPIC...LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK.

FOR THOSE WHO WORK OUTSIDE DURING THE SUMMER...LIGHTNING IS A
POTENTIALLY DEADLY THREAT. WHILE SUMMER IS A GOOD TIME TO COMPLETE
OUTSIDE WORK...IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WORK IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.
ANY TIME A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA...NO PLACE OUTSIDE IS SAFE.
BETWEEN 2006 AND 2013...38 PEOPLE WERE STRUCK AND KILLED BY
LIGHTNING IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE AT WORK. ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF
THOSE KILLED WERE FARMERS...RANCHERS...ROOFERS...LAWN CARE
WORKERS...OR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. MANY OF THOSE KILLED WERE SEEKING
SHELTER AT THE TIME OF THE DEADLY STRIKE...BUT JUST HAD NOT STARTED
SOON ENOUGH.

MANY WORK ACTIVITIES REQUIRE EXTRA TIME TO SHUT DOWN. IN THESE
CASES...IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THAT THE
WORK ACTIVITIES CAN END AND WORKERS CAN GET TO A SAFE PLACE BEFORE
THE LIGHTNING THREAT ARRIVES. SIMILAR TO ALL OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES...WORKERS NEED TO STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING IMMEDIATELY
AND GET TO A SAFE PLACE IF THEY HEAR THUNDER.  WHEN THUNDER
ROARS...GO INDOORS!

TOMORROW...WEWILL COVER OUR LAST LIGHTNING SAFETY TOPIC...LIGHTNING
SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING
SAFETY...VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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