National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Published June 30th, 2013
As we come to the end of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, we look at how we can better prepare ourselves and our homes from this unpredictable enemy.
Eighty five percent of lightning strike victims are children and young men ages 10-35 engaged in recreation or work.
The Alachua County Fire Rescue has been unusually busy with power surges and structure fires this summer after few summers of drought.
Experts say if you get caught in the middle of an open field in the middle of a thunder storm, seek shelter immediately.
"You don't want to lay down in the field. You don't want to stand under a tree. You want to extricate yourself from the area. Get away if you can."
If you can get to car, make sure your windows are rolled up.
Now, if you're indoors...
"You dont want to be on the phone, you don't to be using the microwave or anything like that. You don't want to be talking a shower."
Now...Florida's hit with close to a million and a half lightning strikes, making it the deadliest.
62 people have died from lightning strikes in the past 10 years.
In the United States as a whole this year, eight people have died from lightning strikes.
Reporting from Gainesville, Florida, Lauren Lettelier TV20 News.
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