Pollution Causes an Increase in Lightning Strikes

[tweetmeme]According to the National Weather Service approximately 93 deaths per year are a result of being struck by lightning. This represents more deaths than most other natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes.

I realize many of you are thinking, I am more concerned about snow and freezing temperatures right now, but spring weather is right around the corner and now is the time to start preparing for it.

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When lightning strikes a person who lives: The back of a man who was struck by lightning.

Some interesting statistics:

  • Pollution causes an increase in lightning strikes.
  • Lightning strikes increase by as much as 25% during the working week.
  • A bolt of lightning can heat air around it to 50,000 degrees F.
  • A lightning bolt can contain 100,000,000 volts of electricity and be more than 5 miles long.
  • There’s an average of 25,000,000 lightning strikes every year.
  • A lightning bolt can travel at 60,000 miles per second.
  • 80% of all people struck by lightning survive.  Although, they often have long-term injuries.

source:  www.sciencefacts.us/when-lightning-strikes/

Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control

  • Monitor weather forecasts during the thunderstorm season
  • Remind employees that lightning is present in all thunderstorms
  • Lightning often precedes rain and can strike as far as 10 miles away from the rain of a thunderstorm
  • Seek shelter immediately when thunder is heard – avoid trees or tall objects, high ground, water, open spaces and metal objects such as tools, fences and umbrellas (for further evidence of this click here)
  • Remaining inside a vehicle is safe because rubber tires are nonconductive
  • When indoors, shut off appliances and electronic devices and avoid using the telephone
  • Inspect the grounding electrode system for loose or corroded connections, which can increase the impedance of a lightning dissipation path.
  • Provide surge protection at the main service panel board to prevent line surges from traveling to equipment.
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