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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
0800 AM PDT 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 HANFORD, CA CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON
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 HADN`T 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 DEFRIBRILLATOR) MAY BE
NEEDED.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS WE`LL COVER LATER THIS WEEK:

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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NWS HANFORD CA

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