2004-07-30 / Community

Storm Smarts Save Lives

Late summer is “lightening and thunderstorm season,” according to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

LIPA offers these suggestions to stay safe when it is stormy outside:

- Stay aware of the weather.

- If storms are forecast, stay near shelter.

- If it is storming, stay out of water, boats, wide-open spaces and trees.

If you aren’t sure whether it is safe to go outside, use the “30-30 Rule.” Count from when you first see lightening, until you hear thunder. If it is less than 30 seconds, stay inside or move to a sheltered area.

Waiting 30 minutes after the last thunderclap is also a way to stay safe.

About 950 people are struck by lightening each year. 200 of those people die, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightening, according to LIPA.

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