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000 NOUS41 KBOX 181343 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-190145- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 943 AM EDT Mon Jun 18 2018 ...National Lightning Safety Preparedness Week - Lightning Safety The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared June 18 through June 22 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the awareness week will feature information about a different lightning related topic. Lightning Safety: Although spring and summer are the most deadly seasons for strikes, lightning can occur in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. Lightning claims dozens of lives each year and leaves hundreds of other with long- term or even permanent health problems including paralysis, brain injuries, depression, headaches and vision problems. Lightning also is responsible for hundreds of fires in homes and businesses and has caused dangerous and expensive wildfires. On average, lightning causes $30-$50 million dollars in damages and claims 30-40 lives each year. Many of these deaths are fishermen, boaters, or other sports enthusiasts and outdoor workers who did not head in soon enough or listen to the forecast before setting out. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones stay alive and well. Stay safe during a thunderstorm by being prepared in advance. Be a Force of Nature. When Thunder Roars, Stay Indoors! Find out tips for safety indoors and outdoors near and far from home at our website: weather.gov/lightning $$ For the latest updates, please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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