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162 NOUS41 KBOX 201135 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-202345- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 735 AM EDT Thu Jun 20 2024 ...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES... Lightning Safety Outdoors... The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared June 17 through June 21 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the awareness week will feature information about a different lightning related topic. Last Resort Tips For When You are Far from a Safe Place: When you are going camping, hiking, fishing or taking part in other activities where you will be far from an enclosed building or vehicle, you are NOT safe during a thunderstorm. If you absolutely cannot get to a safe building or vehicle, you can slightly lessen the threat of being struck with the following tips: Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top. Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees. If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley or other low area. Remember, a tent offers NO protection from lightning. Stay away from water, wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles. Water and metal do not attract lightning, but they are excellent conductors of electricity. The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances. But don`t kid yourself, you are NOT safe outside. Know the weather patterns of the area you plan to visit. For example, in mountainous areas, thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon, so plan to hike early in the day and be down the mountain by noon. Listen to the weather forecast for the outdoor area you plan to visit. The forecast may be very different from the one near your home. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, stay home or near a safe location you can get to easily. 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