Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Riverton, WY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
744 AM MDT THU JUN 26 2014

...LIGHTNING EVEN POSES A HAZARD INDOORS...

LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES. DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS
STILL DANGER FROM LIGHTNING INDOORS? THE BEST PROTECTION FROM
LIGHTNING IS A HOUSE OR OTHER SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING. THE ELECTRICITY
FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE FOLLOWS METAL CONDUCTORS SUCH AS ELECTRICAL
WIRING...PLUMBING...AND TELEPHONE LINES FROM THE TOP OF THE STRUCTURE
TO THE GROUND GENERALLY LEAVING INHABITANTS UNSCATHED.

A SHELTER THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN PLUMBING...WIRING...A METAL SHELL...
OR SOME OTHER MECHANISM TO PROVIDE GROUNDING IS NOT SAFE. HOUSES AND
LARGE BUILDINGS PROVIDE THE BEST PROTECTION. SMALL...ALL METAL
BUILDINGS MAY OFFER A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF PROTECTION PROVIDED
OCCUPANTS STAY IN THE CENTER OF THE STRUCTURE AND CROUCH
DOWN...HOWEVER THEY SHOULD BE USED AS A LAST RESORT. SMALL WOODEN
OR VINYL BUILDINGS OFFER LITTLE OR NO PROTECTION AND SHOULD NOT BE
USED AS A LIGHTNING SHELTER.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN WAYS LIGHTNING ENTERS HOMES AND BUILDINGS: A
DIRECT STRIKE...THROUGH WIRES OR PIPES THAT EXTEND OUTSIDE THE
STRUCTURE...AND THROUGH THE GROUND.  ONCE IN A STRUCTURE...LIGHTNING
CAN TRAVEL THROUGH THE ELECTRICAL...PHONE...PLUMBING...RADIO...AND
TELEVISION SYSTEMS. IT CAN ALSO TRAVEL THROUGH ANY METAL WIRES OR
BARS IN CONCRETE WALLS AND FLOORING AS WELL AS WINDOWS AND DOORS.
THIS MAKES IT IMPORTANT TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THESE CONDUCTORS.

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

WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON

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