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000 NOUS41 KBGM 161202 PNSBGM PAZ038>040-043-044-047-048-072-170400- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Binghamton NY 800 AM EDT Thu Jun 16 2016 The National Weather Service has declared the week of June 13th through 17th Pennsylvania 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 Binghamton, NY containing information on lightning and lightning safety. Today`s Topic: Lightning safety at work For those who work outside during the summer, lightning is a potential threat. While summer is a convenient time to complete outside work, it can be very dangerous. It is very important to keeprisk at a minimum in the work place and keep the work environment as safe as possible. When a thunderstorm moves into the area, rememberno place outside is safe. Between 2006 and 2015, work-related activities contributed to 15% of all total lightning fatalities. Farming/ranching-related activities had the highest work-related deaths at 34%, followed by roofing at 15%, construction at 11%, lawn care at 9%, military work at 4%, and garage work at 4%. A combination of other outdoor consisting of loading and washing trucks, surveying, door-to-door sales, logging, mail delivery, tornado rescue, utility repair, building maintenance, amusement park workers, and billboard work consisted of 23% of the total fatalities from outdoor work. Some outdoor work activities require extra time to shut down. In these cases, it is important to monitor weather conditions so that work activities can end and workers can go to a safe place in a timely manner. Workers need to stop what they are doing immediately if they hear thunder. When thunder roars, go indoors! Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge! Lightning victims may need immediate medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Deaths can be prevented with proper first aid. When someone is struck first call 911. Secondly provide first aid. Third, if needed give CPR, or use an AED(automatic external defibrillator). A list of topics we will cover this week: Friday June 17: Lightning safety at home. For additional information about lightning or lightning safety, visit NOAA`s lightning safety awareness web site at: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ Or contact David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NOAA`s National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, NY at 607-770-9531 x 223or via email at david.nicosia@noaa.gov. Or you may contact Kat Hawley,Meteorologist at NOAA`s NWS at Katherine.Hawley@noaa.gov. $$ KAH

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