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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
851 AM CDT FRI JUN 27 2014 /751 AM MDT FRI JUN 27 2014/

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 CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.


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 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 FIRES 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.


HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WERE COVERED EARLIER THIS.


MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK


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


WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE...NE


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