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Issued by NWS Riverton, WY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
828 AM MDT MON JUN 23 2014

...LIGHTNING SAFETY TO BE HIGHLIGHTED THIS WEEK...

THE WEEK OF JUNE 22 TO 28 IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS
WEEK. DID YOU KNOW THAT LIGHTNING IS THE SECOND GREATEST CAUSE OF
FATALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES...KILLING MORE PEOPLE ANNUALLY THAN
HURRICANES AND TORNADOES COMBINED? ABOUT 10% OF PEOPLE STRUCK
BY LIGHTNING ARE KILLED. THE VAST MAJORITY OF LIGHTNING CASUALTIES
CAN BE EASILY AVOIDED IF PEOPLE KNOW WHAT TO DO. LIGHTNING SAFETY IS
A MULTI-STEP PROCESS. HOWEVER...NO PLACE OUTSIDE IS SAFE NEAR
THUNDERSTORMS.

STEP ONE:  IF POSSIBLE...PLAN AROUND THE WEATHER TO AVOID LIGHTNING.

STEP TWO:  IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE AND HEAR THUNDER...SEEK PROPER SHELTER
IMMEDIATELY. THE BEST SHELTER IS A LARGE...FULLY ENCLOSED BUILDING...
ONE THAT HAS WIRING AND PLUMBING IN THE WALLS. STAY OFF CORDED
TELEPHONES AND STAY AWAY FROM ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND PLUMBING. DO
NOT WATCH LIGHTNING FROM WINDOWS OR DOORWAYS. IF YOU CANNOT GET TO A
BUILDING...GET INSIDE A VEHICLE WITH A SOLID METAL ROOF AND METAL
SIDES. CLOSE THE WINDOWS...LEAN AWAY FROM THE DOOR...PUT YOUR HANDS
IN YOUR LAP. CONVERTIBLES...CARS WITH FIBERGLASS OR PLASTIC SHELLS...
AND OPEN FRAMED VEHICLES ARE NOT LIGHTNING SHELTERS.

STEP THREE:  IF YOU CANNOT GET TO PROPER SHELTER...AVOID THE MOST
DANGEROUS LOCATIONS. THESE INCLUDE HIGHER ELEVATIONS...WIDE-OPEN
AREAS...GOLF COURSES...TALL ISOLATED OBJECTS LIKE TREES...AND LIGHT
POSTS. AVOID WATER-RELATED ACTIVITIES SUCH AS BOATING...SWIMMING
(INCLUDES INDOOR POOLS) AND FISHING. AVOID ALL METAL FENCES AND METAL
BLEACHERS.

STEP FOUR:  IF LIGHTNING IS IMMINENT...YOUR HAIR MIGHT STAND-UP ON
END...SKIN COULD TINGLE...OR LIGHT METAL OBJECTS COULD VIBRATE.
IF THIS HAPPENS PUT YOUR FEET TOGETHER...SQUAT DOWN...TUCK YOUR
HEAD...AND COVER YOUR EARS. WHEN THE IMMEDIATE THREAT OF LIGHTNING
HAS PASSED...CONTINUE HEADING TO THE SAFEST SPOT POSSIBLE.

STEP FIVE:  MOST DEATHS FROM LIGHTNING ARE CAUSED BY CARDIAC ARREST.
IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE TO TOUCH A LIGHTNING VICTIM TO GIVE THEM FIRST
AID.

FOR YOUR LOCAL FORECAST OR MORE INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING
AWARENESS...GO TO THE NWS RIVERTON HOMEPAGE AT:

WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON

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