Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Little Rock, AR
NOUS44 KLZK 261903
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
200 PM CDT FRI JUN 26 2015
...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...
The National Weather Service has declared the week of June
21st through the 27th as LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. This
is the last of five public information statements to be issued
by the National Weather Service office in Little Rock
containing details about lightning.
Today`s topic is LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.
Although houses and other substantial buildings offer the
best protection from lightning, 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. Lightning is responsible for nearly $1 billion in
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. Once in a structure, the lightning can travel through
the electrical and phone wires, the plumbing, and radio and
television reception systems.
Indoor safety depends on avoiding contact with items that
are vulnerable to lightning within the home. Here are some
indoor safety tips to follow when a thunderstorm is in
- Do not touch electrical equipment or plug/unplug cords.
- Stay off corded phones.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take
a shower, wash dishes, or do laundry.
Question: What are lightning rods and how do they work?
Answer: 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.
Please note: While lightning rods help protect a structure from
a direct lightning strike, a complete lightning protection system
is recommended inside the home. This includes electrical
surge protection devices for incoming power, data, communication
lines, and vulnerable appliances. Lightning protection may also
be needed for gas pipes.
This week is headlined on the local National Weather Service website