CINCINNATI - A 12-year-old boy from Loveland was one of three children injured by a lightning strike at a camp in Indianapolis over the weekend.
The incident serves as a reminder for the Tri-State to brush up on lightning safety. Summer is the peak season for lightning and we want you to be safe when enjoying the great outdoors.
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Lightning is blamed for an average of 52 deaths in the United States per year and it's one of the most unpredictable characteristics of a thunderstorm. It can strike quickly and without warning.
Most people are unaware that lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, you're in danger.
The National Weather Service has a slogan: "When thunder roars, go indoors."
Here's a list of things you can do to stay safe from lightning:
- Stop all outdoor activities and head inside into a sturdy building
- Stay away from doors and windows
- Don't use a corded, landline phone
- Don't touch electrical equipment and cords
- Avoid plumbing
- Don't touch concrete surfaces
- Wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before going back outside