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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
950 AM CDT THU JUN 26 2014

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 CHICAGO ILLINOIS CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

THURSDAY - 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!


LIGHTNING QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY
LIGHTNING?

LIGHTNING VICTIMS DO NOT CARRY AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE...ARE SAFE TO
TOUCH...AND MAY NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. CARDIAC ARREST IS
THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR THOSE WHO DIE.  SOME DEATHS CAN BE
PREVENTED WITH PROPER FIRST AID.  CALL 911 AND THEN GIVE FIRST AID.
CPR AND USE OF AN AED (AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR) MAY BE
NEEDED.


HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS FOR OTHER DAYS THIS WEEK.

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY...AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNINGS MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
FRIDAY - 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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