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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
736 AM EDT FRI JUN 27 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH 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 STATE COLLEGE PA CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

TODAYS TOPIC...LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

ALTHOUGH HOUSES AND OTHER SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING 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...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.

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

STAY OFF CORDED PHONES.

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

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 9 1 1.

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.

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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