Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
800 AM CDT 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 PADUCAH, KY CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTING 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!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING?

LIGHTNING VICTIMS DO NOT CARRY AN ELECTRIC 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 DEFIBRILLATOR) MAY BE
NEEDED.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WE`LL COVER THROUGH THE WEEK:

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK
FRIDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY,
VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEBSITE AT (ALL LOWER-CASE):

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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