Lightning Danger

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In the USA, lightning-related deaths most often while people are participating in leisure activities, according to a National Weather Service study.

Fishing topped the list of activities that was associated with lightning-related deaths. Of the 238 deaths attributed to lightning between 2006 and 2012, 26 were associated with fishing.

Fatal lightning strikes occurred most often while people were participating in fishing, camping, boating, soccer, and golf. Other activities included enjoying the beach, swimming, walking and running, riding recreational vehicles, and picnicking or relaxing in their yard.

John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, conducted the study. Jensenius said the large number of fishing, camping and boating lightning deaths may occur because these activities require extra time to get to a safe place.

source: NOAA

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