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Lightning strikes the ground worldwide more than 8 million times per day. The odds of being struck by lightning are relatively low, however, it is important to know the proper precautions to take, because being struck can have severe consequences. Between 2003 and 2012, lightning strikes caused an average of 35 deaths per year.
Lightning most often strikes people who work outdoors or are often engaged in outdoor activities. About 32% of lightning strike injuries occur indoors.
Before lightning strikes, check the weather forecast before going outdoors. If the forecast calls for lightning, postpone your outdoor activity.
What To Do When Lightning Strikes
In the event of a lightning injury,
It is important to remember to bring your pets inside during a storm. Additionally, remove any metal collars and leashes during a storm and replace with plastic, since metal is a conductor of electricity.
For more information on lightning injuries, visit the CDC’s webpage on lightning.